In its most recent annual report, JAG National has proven to be very effective!

Dramatically increasing graduation rates to 90% or above across 1,000 classrooms in 32 states, doubling the rates of the poor, disadvantaged, and young people of color are able to secure jobs and tripling the rates that they secure full-time jobs. At an investment of around $1,000 per pupil, graduating 343 students with barriers to graduation saves society $100,000,000 each year. Young men and women (ages 18-25) who do not graduate from high school often live off state and federal programs, along with not paying taxes due to unemployment. Simply put, JTG makes students with barriers to graduation employable.

(April 9, 2015 – Rep. Mary Littleton, JTG President John Dwyer, and House Speaker Beth Harwell accepting a Joint House Resolution lauding the success of JTG.)

Average Annual Cost Per Student in the JTG Program
Average Yearly Cost of Incarceration per Tennessee Inmate
Graduation Rate of Students in the JTG Program
Average Annual State of Tennessee Welfare Spending


90% GED and/or high school graduation rate

80% experiencing a positive outcome, including: employment, postsecondary education enrollment, or military

60% employed in a job in the public or private sectors

60% employed in a full-time job

80% in a full-time placement, including: full-time job; full-time postsecondary enrollment; or, a combination of work and school

80% improvement in attendance rate

80% improvement in self-esteem index

80% improvement in GPA

90% participation in JAG Career Association meetings and activities

80% increase using pre- and post-test knowledge assessment

90% participation in service learning projects

80% decline in discipline referrals

Students are selected with no less than a 5.0 average number of barriers

90% of participants with reduction in one or more barriers

Average number of contact hours per participant – 20 contact hours

Average number of JAG competencies attained in senior year – 37

100 % of participants are tracked accurately. and in a timely manner. with the Electronic National Data Management System

5% or less of graduates in the unable to contact rate category

40% pursuit of a postsecondary education



JTG’s recent transition into the nonprofit sector means that the program is funded by generous donations to keep it sustained and growing. We rely on residents of the Volunteer State to invest in its future; the numbers don’t lie. JTG’s results are long-standing and proven, and by giving students the skills and expertise necessary to transition successfully into a post-secondary education or directly into the workforce, it allows the burden of the taxpayer to shift from being reactive to proactive.

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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.