LOCAL JAG-K STUDENTS SPEND DAY AT STATE CAPITOL
Students meet area legislators and hear from Governor Brownback
TOPEKA, Kan. – Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K) students across the state were in Topeka, Wednesday, February 15 for “JAG-K Day at the Capitol,” sponsored by Amerigroup Kansas. In addition to tours of the beautiful Capitol, students were recognized in both the State Senate and State House of Representatives. Governor Sam Brownback joined the group for lunch and spoke with them for approximately 15 minutes. They also heard from Secretary of the Department for Children and Families Phyllis Gilmore and Laura Hopkins, President of Amerigroup Kansas.
Brownback encouraged the students to keep pursuing their dreams and aspirations because they could positively impact others by reaching their own destiny. Brownback brought the national JAG program to Kansas in 2013 after learning about it at a Governors Conference. He serves with 10 other governors on the National JAG Board.
Amerigroup Kansas has been a strong supporter of JAG-K, including sponsoring JAG-K Day at the Capitol this year. Amerigroup has also provided funding to support healthcare career pathways in F.L. Schlagle and J.C. Harmon High Schools in Kansas City, Kansas.
“Students face a variety of challenges that impact their ability to graduate and to develop the necessary job skills to enter the workforce,” said Hopkins. “Amerigroup Kansas is proud to support the JAG-K program to ensure that students have the best chance for success.”
JAG-K is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization with 62 programs in 29 Kansas school districts, serving more than 2,700 students. JAG-K is an affiliate of the national JAG program that operates in 33 states and territories. The 37-year old program has assisted more than one million students nationwide. In addition to school districts, JAG-K partners with the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) and the Kansas State Department of Education. Funding for the program primarily comes from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) dollars, administered by DCF. JAG-K also relies on private funds from contributors including AT&T, Archer Daniels Midland Company, John Deere, Walmart and Amerigroup Foundation. Anyone interested in more information about JAG-K may visit the website at www.jagkansas.org.