Building Bridges to Success

You're looking at nearly a million dollars in college scholarships and the teacher who helped make it happen. It's said a picture says a thousand words. Well, this one says nearly a $1 million dollars in college education.  Meet Maplewood High School seniors Abbey Khounmy, Vakia Robinson, Doresha Robinson and Martin Torres (Maria [...]

By |2017-03-06T13:35:34+00:00March 6th, 2017|College, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cheese come with that Whine?

Pretty much sums up my day, minus the tie. Today is not one of my better days, as we all have them, right?  Computer woes and unexpected tasks put before me.  Not a good combination.  Please give me a pass on today's blog entry.  I'm getting on a plane (isn't really "in a [...]

By |2017-03-02T20:35:14+00:00March 2nd, 2017|Life Lessons, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Seat at the (White House) Table

  I wanted to share with you what Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) affiliates received in a newsletter from JAG National.  Vice President Mike Pence is among the many governors or former governors (split evenly among both parties) who serve on the JAG board of directors.  Jobs for Tennessee Graduates (JTG) is among 33 state [...]

By |2018-08-22T16:59:45+00:00March 1st, 2017|Professional Relationships, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Gone Before Morning Light

Up at the crack of dawn for JTG visits to Anderson County Career and Technical Center in Clinton, then up to Oneida High School in Scott County.  Fun roads once I'm off I-40.  I'm an early morning driver, putting chunks of miles behind me before most have had their first cup of coffee.  Are you [...]

By |2017-02-28T11:16:46+00:00February 28th, 2017|Academics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

At a (CMT) Crossroads

Bridgestone Arena Auxiliary HallFriday, February 24, 2017 I hope you all had a good weekend.  Lynley and I began ours Friday night with a chance to attend the CMT Crossroads taping of Darius Rucker and John Mellencamp.  A friend of ours at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce passed along an email that [...]

By |2017-02-27T17:39:05+00:00February 27th, 2017|Life Lessons, Uncategorized|0 Comments

JTG on the Frontlines for Equality

Supporting and Empowering our Communities of Color

COVID-19 Update

JAG and JTG Statement in Response to COVID-19

 As we are all feeling, COVID-19 has shifted how the world operates in a way that is unprecedented for our generation, and Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) and Jobs for Tennessee Graduates (JTG), one of 39 JAG state affiliates, are no exception. The impact of the coronavirus and the immediate danger it presents has closed our education system, directly affecting students and their families. This is especially detrimental to JTG students, who often look to their JTG Specialists and classmates for steadiness and security in their lives.

We also recognize that our students and their families are disproportionately affected by the closure of restaurants, stores, bars, and other service-industry places of work. These jobs often provide the entry-level opportunities our students need to enter the workforce. A difficult environment is likely to continue for some time, so we are in the process to reposition our training and support to make the best case for our JTG students to be considered for employment.

At a time when we must social distance ourselves to protect each other, the thousands of JTG students we serve need us more than ever.  We are responding to and encouraged by the requests from many JTG Specialists to access online learning modules and platforms provided by JAG educational partners like the Skills to Succeed Academy, EverFi, and Tallo. We are excited to see the interest in the JAG Genius and the use of virtual connectivity and the online sense of community – something we all need in these times.

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) and Jobs for Tennessee Graduates (JTG) recognize we need to modify the way we provide support and deliver competencies to our students during this time of uncertainty. In response to the way business and education are adapting (in real time) to COVID-19,  JAG National is establishing new protocols and processes to ensure full, virtual engagement with our young people to ensure they have the competencies they need to meet the very competitive job market ahead. That is why JAG is providing the immediate recommendations below that are of highest priority, which impact the day-to-day lives of our students and Specialists. Like our world right now, please know that these are in real-time and subject to change.

 

Moving forward, we will have ongoing recommendations that will be built into new practices that will serve as both short- and long-term solutions to continue JAG’s data-driven model. This will help us remain accountable to our students, our partners, funders, and each other.