On Friday, January 20th WorkOne hosted the 6th Annual JAG Career Development Conference on the campus of Ivy Tech Community College.
The event brought together JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) Students from all of the programs in our Region. The students participated in various competitions, such as Employability Skills, Financial Literacy, Career Presentation, Creative Solutions, etc. to demonstrate the skills they have developed in the program.
This program helps students develop the knowledge and skills they will need to successfully enter the workforce. Once again, local Employers and Community Leaders volunteered their time to serve as judges for the event.
Approximately 130 students from the JAG programs participated in the event from the JAG programs at the following schools:
• Northview/Cumberland Academy
• Riverton Parke
• Turkey Run
• Terre Haute North
• Terre Haute South
The winner in each category will move on to compete in the State Competition on March 17 in Indianapolis.
2017 JAG CDC Award Winners:
1st place Northview watch video
2nd place Terre Haute South watch video
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1st place Sullivan High School
1st Place Neelie Henderson Terre Haute North
2nd Place Precious Sandifer Terre Haute North
3rd Place Stephanie Williams Terre Haute North
1st Place Josh McDonnell Terre Haute North
2nd Place Lexus Osborn Terre Haute North
3rd Place Jalyn Fuller Terre Haute North
1st Place Dominic Estey Sullivan
2nd Place Ben Nasser Sullivan
3rd Place Levi Nieten Terre Haute South
1st Place Abbagail Miller Sullivan
2nd Place Diamon Burnett Terre Haute North
3rd Place Brandon Fine Terre Haute North
1st Place Taylor Phillipe Terre Haute North
2nd Place Jaden Scott Sullivan
3rd Place Kayla Kelley Terre Haute North
1st Place Dawson Jenkins & Rashawn Nicoson Terre Haute North
2nd Place Deven Pool, Jacob Story & Camron Finley Sullivan
1st Place Carly Stuck Terre Haute South
2nd Place Jaycob Tighe Terre Haute North
3rd Place Joshua McDonnell Terre Haute North
1st Place Tayler Bell Turkey Run
2nd Place Lydia McCarty Sullivan
3rd Place Shelby Foote Northview
1st Place Olivia Bevis Terre Haute North
2nd Place Tara Bell Northview
3rd Place Lilian Davis Cloverdale
1st Place Evelynn Duncan Terre Haute North
2nd Place Gage Smitley Sullivan
Thank you to our local employers and community leaders who served as Judges for the event!
The Wabash Valley Military Support Organization held its annual Stand Down for homeless veterans on November 19, 2016 at the American Legion Post 104 on Ft. Harrison Road in Terre Haute from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Organization supporters began at 7:00 am setting up the facility and then the display tables.
Veterans were greeted with coffee, juice, and a hot breakfast. An Honor Guard from the 181st Intelligence Wing presented our flags, a young lady sang the national anthem, and the Mayor of Terre Haute, Duke Bennett, proclaimed November 19, 2016 as Terre Haute's Stand Down for Homeless Veterans Day.
30+ vendors offered their services to the Veterans with homeless Veterans receiving a backpack filled with survival supplies and a cell phone. Veterans were asked to participate in various activities and were presented with food, winter clothing, personal hygiene products, mental and physical health screenings, and haircuts. In addition, Community and VA resources were available to service members, veterans and their families.
Veterans and participants were invited to feast on spaghetti and bread for lunch. The Stand Down concluded at 2:00pm and Organization supporters and other volunteers moved chairs and tables back into the bingo hall. Activities concluded at 2:30pm.
Thank you to all of the WorkOne Staff and other partipants for supporting our Veterans and making this year's event a success.
On November 18th WorkOne hosted our annual Partner Conference for Region 7. The conference brings together representatives of local service providers to discuss the previous year and to share updates and information.
The conference is a great opportunity for everyone to network and learn more about the great work being accomplished in our region.
Ellen Reeves of the United Way kicked off the event with a "smartie" activity. The activity used smarties candy to represent a typical family income. Participants had to determine how to best spend their smarties while dealing with additional emergency situations. The activity drove home the choices that many of our customers have to make every day.
This year's presenters were:
After the presentations, the participants separated into teams and developed ideas for creating the ideal partner system. The teams then presented their ideas to everyone for discussion.
Thank you to all of the participants in this year's conference and for all that you do for our region!
JAG Programs Receive National Recognition
5 of 5
For the first year ever, JAG has achieved the 5 of 5 National Performance Award. The 5 of 5 Award measures Graduation, College Attendance, Job/Military Placements, Full Time Placement (combination of part time work, school, etc.) and Total Positive Outcomes. Locally, our Region 7 JAG program has won this award every year that it has been awarded!
Indiana JAG programs are leading the way in scholarships awarded in 2016!
JAG Programs Select Officers
Every year, the JAG programs in each school elect officers to lead their organizations. The officers are responsible for helping to organize community service projects, lead fund raising efforts etc.
This year’s officers are:
President - Sincere Gaston
Vice President Leadership - Lily Davis
Vice President Community Service/Service Learning - Sean Johnson
Vice President Social Activities/Community Awareness - Skylar Price
Treasurers- Destinee Shipp and Payton Jannings
Secretaries- Briana Ulrey and Emily Minton
President - Tara Bell
Vice President - Jason Sanders
Treasurer/Financial Officer - Lincoln Buchholz
Secretary - Emily Livingston
Press Secretary - Britany Truxal
President - Justin Steinway
Vice President - Sierra Mason
Secretary - James Brown
Treasurer - Katlyn Valdes
President - LaKrista Carver
Vice President - Tayler Bell
Secretary/Treasurer - Angel Trinkle
President - Gage Smitley
Event Planner - Emily Horton
Event Planning Assistant - Jaden Scott
Art/Visual - Tessa Carpenter
Vice President - Steven Gardner
Video/photographer - Meredith Lee
Historian - Deven Pool
Terre Haute South
President - Anteues Peterson
Vice President - Samantha Miles
Secretary - Hillary Duncan
Terre Haute North
President: Lauryn Taylor
Vice President of Leadership Development: Kayla Kelley
Vice President of Community Service: Mackenzie Boswell
Vice President of Civic Awareness and School Administrator Liaison: Stephanie Williams
Vice President of Career Development: Briella Ellis
Vice President of Social Awareness: Jalyn Fuller
Secretaries: Chyanne Gore, Shannon Carlson
Treasurers: Olivia Bevis and David Sears
Historians: Jaycob Tighe, Ciara Gibbons
Parliamentarian: Dawson Jenkins
Terre Haute North Welcomes Guest Speaker
The Terre Haute North program featured guest speaker Lonnie Bedwell. Lonnie does not allow the fact that he is blind limit him from living an adven
turous life. As a blind person Lonnie has scaled mountains, kayaked wild rivers and snow skied down advanced slopes. He talked about overcoming obstacles and not living with fear (false evidence about reality) or pity (poor information towards yourself).
THN Jag President Lauryn Taylor led the meeting and asked all officers to take a pledge to full fill the duties they have been elected to do. The Vice President of Leadership Development assisted with the ceremony. Students enjoyed a meal from China Wok. JAG Members had invited four of their peers to attend the ceremony. All students were respectful and ass
isted with the set up and tear down. The meeting was held in the Teacher’s Lounge at North High School.
Sullivan JAG Students Conduct Mock Car Crash
Every day teenagers are killed in automobile accidents. To help illustrate the dangers of impaired or distracted driving, the Sullivan High School JAG students conducted their annual mock car crash. The students partnered with local fire and rescue personel to show their fellow students the potential impacts of impaired or distracted driving after a halloween party.
Terre Haute North JAG Hosts Halloween Carnival
The JAG students at Terre Haute North recently hosted a Halloween Carnival at the Ryyves Hall Haunted House.
JAG students were there early to set up game stations. This gave the young children something else to do while the haunted house tours occurred. JAG students organized games and prizes for the children. We had a toilet paper toss, a face painting table, a count the candy corn game, Halloween bingo, free apple teeth treats, and a broom/pumpkin race. Prizes were given to the children as well. It was a great success and our JAG students felt great about their service. There were around 75 young children in attendance. They enjoyed the games and interacting with the JAG students.
On Wednesday October 12, WorkOne partnered with the City of Sullivan to host Sullivan's 2nd annual Employment Expo.
Employers from Sullivan, Vigo and Knox counties spent the afternoon in the Sullivan Civic Center meeting with job seekers.
Thanks to everyone who helped make the event a success!