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Youth Dropout Prevention & Recovery Program


As we’re working toward attracting and retaining talent in our region, one of the most vital components is focusing on our youth – the workforce of tomorrow. This requires partnerships in the region and commitment to not only sustain these partnerships, but to continue their growth.

That’s why organizations that specifically target young people like Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) – and locally, Jobs for Michigan's Graduates (JMG) – are so necessary. They not only assist youth but specifically at-risk youth who may need more guidance than the general public.

JAG is a state-based national nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to preventing young, at-risk people from dropping out of school. JAG has brought consistent, impressive results for at-risk youth throughout the country for the past 35 years, including supporting a million students as they finished high school, secured entry-level employment or pursued post-secondary education.

The statewide JMG program helps Michigan's young people who are at risk of dropping out of high school, or who have already dropped out, graduate and make successful transitions to post-secondary education or meaningful employment. Students enrolled in the program are youth who have barriers to success, including deficiencies in basic skills, transportation, income and economic status. Many are from families with low educational attainment levels.

Making a Difference For Students

We understand that in order to make a measurable impact on Michigan's education and workforce development outcomes, we must drive strong outcomes for our students. Every graduate can expect to earn $8,500 more each year for their families. Every employed graduate is one more citizen contributing to Michigan's tax base. Our work changes lives and we're committed to making a difference...

Since its inception in 2008, Jobs for Michigan's Graduates has achieved noteworthy results: 

  • More than 3,800 high-risk youth have been served by Jobs for Michigan's Graduates.
  • Jobs for Michigan's Graduates has consistently achieved a 90% graduation rate or higher.
  • This year, 99% of all freshman through junior year JMG students returned to school - the highest in the JAG National Network.
  • Jobs for Michigan's Graduates improves overall employment for 16-24 year-olds by one-third.
  • For the most at-risk and disadvantaged population, JMG doubles the success rate of employment from 26% to 60%.
  • Last year, 87% of JMG students experienced positive outcomes in employment or education. 
  • Studies at the national level indicate that JAG students repay the costs of the program within 15 months through taxes paid.

Click here for the most up-to-date statewide performance report.

What do students learn?

Jobs for Michigan's Graduates teaches leadership, financial literacy, problem solving, career development and interpersonal skills in a fun, interactive learning environment. Students earn credits toward graduation and possibly early college credit. Jobs for Michigan's Graduates is designed to enhance, not replace, the standard school curriculum. Click here to hear directly from a student about what she learned in the program. Click here to hear from an employer about the Jobs for Michigan's Graduates students he’s hired.

Components of Jobs for Michigan's Graduates:

  • Classroom instruction
  • Competency-based curricula
  • Adult mentoring
  • Advisement and support
  • Summer employment training
  • Student-led leadership development
  • Job and post-secondary education placement services
  • 12-month follow-up services
  • Accountability system

Why is Jobs for Michigan's Graduates important?

When we don’t show young people the path to meaningful employment or post-secondary education via a high school diploma or GED, we put the vitality of our economy, our workforce and our communities at stake. Nationally, one-third of our youth leave school prematurely—in Michigan that number is one in four. Jobs for Michigan's Graduates has proven to be a game changer. In the 2013-2014 school year, 95 percent of Jobs for Michigan's Graduates seniors obtained a high school diploma.