Twenty JAG graduates were selected to receive a and one JAG alum was selected to receive a These twenty-one outstanding JAG graduates have achieved the high honor of This achievement should be listed in the Smith Scholar’s resume or when applications request a listing of awards, scholarships, or recognitions. Only 20 JAG graduates in the Class of 2017 will be able to use the Smith Scholar designation.
The and the were established by the JAG Board of Directors to recognize the extraordinary leadership and service of the President and Chief Executive Officer of Jobs for America’s Graduates, Inc., Kenneth M. Smith. The number of scholarships to be awarded is dependent on the donations to the Kenneth M. Smith Scholarship Fund. Funding for the KMS Scholarship Fund has come from JAG Board members as well as Western Union Foundation, Lillian Goldman Trust, Strategic Partnerships and CERI. From 2009-2017, the Fund has awarded 113 scholarships for a total of
submitted electronic Scholarship Applications by February 15 which consisted of the following documents:
-Resume (2 Pages)
-Essay (2 Pages)
-High School Transcript
-Proof of College Application or Acceptance
-Three Reference Letters demonstrating proof of strong academic, leadership, and career readiness performance
-High Resolution Photo
On May 7th, the Northview JAG students hosted a free picnic for Clay County Veterans and their families. This was the 4th year for the picnic. The students created a flyer which they used to promote the event. They also worked with local Veteran Organizations and Nursing Home facilities to promote the event to their residents. This year's turnout was the best so far as the students served lunch to approximately 80 people.
At the event, the students collected names and mailing addresses of the attendees and will continue their tradition of sending cards on Veteran’s day.
Disability Awareness Month
Cloverdale JAG continued its month long initiative to promote disability awareness in the Cloverdale High School community by focusing on inclusion and the understanding of the experience of those with mobility challenges. During SRT period, members of Cloverdale JAG presented poster boards and activities informing the community of the incidence, prognosis and adaptations of those with facing ambulatory difficulties. In particular, a selected student experienced a day in a wheelchair; which entailed having to use sliding boards, using alternative routes to destinations, and learning how to raise the chair off of two legs (pop-a-wheelie) to move up to raised surfaces. Members of the school community learned to adapt the game of tennis for the those that require the use of the wheelchair, while others participated in an inclusive game of baseball, one in which the mobility challenged teammate pitched the entire game and was granted a "designated fielder" similar to the traditional application of the "designated hitter".
Terre Haute North Assists with Easter Egg Hunt
North JAG Students participated in the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and Remnant Christian Church community wide Easter egg hunt again this year. On April 8th three students met at the church with several other community groups and worked as one big team to stuff 23,000 eggs. Those eggs were brought to the school and carefully laid out on the football field March 30th. JAG students noticed that several eggs needed inspection and repair before being set out on the field. All of the volunteers helped carry equipment and supplies to designated areas. The JAG students pitched in and helped as directed. Booths were set up and JAG students prepared their area for attendee’s entertainment. Assignments were given to each student. JAG students helped man one of the bouncy slides, a fish bowl game, and three other table game areas. One JAG student even assisted with bathroom detail. Part of that detail work was to make sure this area remained safe for the children. After the event JAG students assisted with tear down and trash clean up. We worked from 7:30 am to 1:45 pm. At the end of the event we were tired but glad to serve our community at such a great event.
On Friday March 18, the first place winners from January's Regional Career Development Conference went to Indianapolis for the State Competition.
Region 7 was well represented and the students did a fantastic job.
The Entreprenuership Team of Dawson Jenkins & Rashawn Nicoson from Terre Haute North High School captured First Place.
In the Outstanding Senior competition, Terre Haute North Senior Evelynn Duncan finished in Third Place.
Congratulations to all of the competitors who did a great job representing Region 7!
Region 7: Left to Right: Neelie Henderson (THN), Taylor Phillippe (THN), Evelynn Duncan (THN), Dominic Estey (SHS), Rashawn Nicoson (THN), Abbagail Miller (SHS), Dawson Jenkins (THN), Tayler Bell (TR), Carly Stuck (THS), Olivia Bevis (THN), Parker Timberman and Herb (NV)
State Press Release: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/INDWD/bulletins/18d9f96
Complete list of Winners: http://in.gov/dwd/files/2017%20JAG%20CDC%20Awardees.pdf
In celebration of 10 years of the JAG program in Indiana, JAG students from across the state were selected to attend a celebration at the Statehouse on February 28. Five students from our Region were selected to attend.
JAG Specialists Audrey Harbison, Terre Haute North and Karl Turk, Cloverdale attended the event with the students.
While at the Statehouse, the students participated in Page Day at the State Senate and then attended the luncheon celebration for JAG. During the celebration, the students heard remarks from DWD Commissioner Steve Braun, Vincennes University President Chuck Johnson, former JAG students Elijah Tribbett and Desiree Steinkamp. Governor Eric Holcomb also stopped by to speak about JAG Indiana’s Future and Vision and meet with the students.
Congratulations to these students and all the current and past students and specialists who have made the JAG program a success!
For more information about our local JAG programs, visit http://www.workonewest.com/youth/jag-program
or contact Greg Lee, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
Once again, WorkOne has partnered with our Regional Education partners to sponsor summer camps. The camps provided local youth with the opportunity to learn about exciting in demand career fields.
Held in Sullivan and Parke counties, this camp focused on what it means to be an entrepreneur through guest speakers from the community. As the speakers shared their journey through entrepreneurship concepts related to successful characteristics were introduced. An offsite tour to Launch Terre Haute was incorporated for a better understanding of the support that is available for entrepreneurs in the region. During the camp, attendees developed a Business Plan and conducted mock interviews with local business leaders in the role of potential investors with the winning team earning a prize.
Held at the Landsbaum Center for Health Education in Vigo County, this camp will consisted of a mixture of lecture, lab, and hands-on training experiences provided by professional health-related faculty or staff.
Health disciplines introduced during the camp included: Social work, Phlebotomy, massage therapy, coding specialist, certified nurse assistant, veterinarian technician, athletic training, paramedic, respiratory therapy, gerontologist, dental hygienist, and music and art therapy.
The Lab/Hands-on componented consisted of: Emergency techniques such as spine boarding, wound care, splinting; stretching and taping skills; dissection demonstration of an animal heart; simulated blood testing; bed changes with a patient in the bed, bed baths, patient safety when lifting/moving; demonstration of massage techniques; and simulated medical care utilizing high fidelity mannequins.
Yaskokawa Motoman Robotics
Held in Clay and Vigo Counties, Participants were introduced to robotics and advanced manufacturing in an engaging and hands on learning environment. Participants completed the Yaskawa Motoman Robotics FS100 Basic Programming with Material Handling curriculum and had the opportunity to earn the certification. Participants received hands-on training with industry grade Yaskawa Motoman robots and controllers. Participants also completed hands on projects with a variety of advanced manufacturing equipment including CNC, gantry router, vinyl sign
machine, and 3D printer. Students left camp with a tangible project that they have completed. Participants also had the opportunity to tour local advanced manufacturing facility to learn how the information learned from the camp is used in industry.
The CNC Milling Camp was conducted at the Ivy Tech Corporate College location in Vigo County. The course introduced students to the operation of a CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) Machine. Participants in the camp completed hands on projects and had to the opportunity to earn a NIMS (National Institute of Metal Working Skills) certification.
For students interested in the Culinary Arts, the Chopped Camp was the best menu choice. For a week, students at the Ivy Tech Corporate College learned about food safety with topics such as ServSafe, CPR and First Aid. The week culminated with the students competing in their own Chopped Cooking contest.
Thank you to all of the students and our partners who made this year's camps a success!
Our JAG (Jobs for America's Graduates) program has once again been recognized for achieving the Indiana "5 of 5" Regional Award for the Class of 2014-2015 by meeting and exceeding JAG national standards. Region 7 has earned this honor every year that it has been presented. The 5 of 5 Award recognizes JAG programs that meet or exceed the standards in five categories that measure student success:
|Total Civilian Job Placements and Military Service
|Total Positive Outcomes
|Total in Full Time Placement
(Includes Full Time Work, Full Time School, Full Time Military or combination of Part Time School and Part Time Work)
|Total In Full Time Jobs
Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) is a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to helping young people stay in school through graduation, pursue post-secondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities.
Thank you to our dedicated JAG Instructors who are making such a positive influence on these students and congratulation to all of our JAG students who are seeing the benefits of their hard work.
For more information about the JAG program in our area, please contact
Greg Lee at email@example.com
Congratulations to JAG student Montgomeree Porter who was awarded a scholarship to play basketball at St Mary's of the Woods! Terre Haute South JAG student Kayanna Greer signed a letter of intent with Robert Morris University (Peoria, IL) for basketball as well.
On Saturday, May 14, the Northview JAG program hosted it’s 3rd annual Veteran’s Picnic for Clay County Veterans.
Despite the cold weather, approximately twice as many veterans attended the event this year than last year.
Terre Haute South
Monday, May 16, 2016 JAG students participated in South Vigo High School's annual Welding Cookout put on by Mr. Dillion and his welding classes. JAG voted to have a cotton candy stand at the Welding Cookout to fund-raise for the South High School JAG program. Students worked 30 minute shifts making and selling cotton candy and water. It was a great success and they sold out within the first hour of the cookout. JAG profited $114.14 to go towards their JAG program. The students are undecided what they want to do with the money, but they have decided this will be something they do every year at the Welding Cookout. Great job South JAG!
Talent Show Collects Canned Goods for Back Pack Program
On May 19th JAG Students at North High School hosted a Talent Show to help raise donations for the back pack program at North High School. The entire event was student led. Students recruited talent during lunch and held auditions after school for three days. They made sure all needed equipment was obtained for both the dress rehearsal and the show.
The first act was JAG Student Montgomeree Porter. She opened the show with a tap dance and then introduced each additional act. In between acts she told jokes. We had seven other acts; A Rubik’s cube challenge, a song and dance number, a spoken word piece, a vocal/piano number, two soloists, and a vocal/instrumental duet. The show was amazing. The JAG students did a fantastic job. The JAG students collected can goods, pulled curtains, operated the stage lights, operated the sound equipment, and solved some technical issues.
The students were able to collect 52 can goods during the event. These can goods were all donated to the back pack program. They will be handed out during Memorial Day weekend.