Model Program

Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG)

1729 King Street
Suite 100
Alexandria, VA 22314-2720

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Contact Information:
Mr. Jim Koeninger, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President

Program Specification:






Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School

Inner City

Grade Level


Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Barriers to Success, Low academic record, High absenteeism


The JAG Model consists of a comprehensive set of services designed to keep youth in school through graduation and improve the rate of success in achieving education and career goals. The ultimate goal is for participants to receive a high school diploma (or GED if a diploma is not feasible), secure a quality job, pursue a postsecondary education and/or seek career advancement opportunities. JAG Model components include: Classroom Instruction; Employability Skills Training; Adult Mentoring; Guidance and Counseling; Summer Employment Training; Leadership Development; Job and Postsecondary Placement Services; Linkages to School and Community-Based Services; 12-Month Follow-up Services; Accountability System; and Professional Development.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Alternative Education, Career Education, Family/Parental Involvement, GED, Mentoring/Tutoring, Service Learning, Study Skills

Strategies for Locating Students:

Starting Date: 1980
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: N/A
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • Parenthood
  • High-risk peer group
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Low achievement
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school
  • No extracurricular participation
  • Misbehavior

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • Low education level of parents
  • Not living with both natural parents
  • Family disruption
  • Low educational expectations
  • Sibling(s) has dropped out
  • Low contact with school
  • Lack of conversations about school

School factors

  • Limited resources: expenditures per student/ teacher salaries/ student-teacher ratios
  • School size: too small/too large
  • School math achievement
  • School policies and practices
  • Student engagement
  • Teacher expectations

Community factors

  • Family composition/socioeconomic status
  • Local labor market/neighborhood stability
  • Youth social attitudes

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers


  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards
  • Positive/resilient temperament


  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy


  • Problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility


  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self
  • Optimistic

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is over $500,000 or $1000 - $2000 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies

Other Employees

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals
Computer/Internet Based

The Allstate Foundation, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Shell Oil Company, IBM, Verizon, Western Union, Corinthian Colleges Inc., Citi Foundation, CIT Group Inc., Educational Testing Service, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, General Motors, General Electric, Freddie Mac, The Sallie Mae Fund, and Other Partners

Evaluation Information:

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level