14 students qualify for National Student Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C.

TOPEKA (April 25, 2019) – Jobs for America’s Graduates – Kansas (JAG-K) hosted more than 200 JAG-K students from across Kansas at its annual State Career Development Conference (CDC) in Salina on April 17, 2019. The students, who qualified at eight regional events, competed in varying categories that showcase competencies attained in the JAG-K program. Students who placed in the top three of the four national qualifying categories: Employability, Public Speaking, Mathematics, and Project-Based Learning, earned the opportunity to attend the National Student Leadership Academy (NSLA) in Washington, D.C. later this year. NSLA is an all-expense paid experience where students will compete against JAG students from across the country.

Students also competed in categories such as Community Service, Mapping My Future, Art, Videography, T-Shirt Design, Senior Portfolio, Digital Scrapbook, and Advertising Poster Design. Earlier this year, each of the eight JAG-K Regions hosted Career Development Conferences to determine those who qualify for state. Qualifying students were those who placed in the top three of each category at their Regional CDC.

The NSLA qualifying students, listed from 1st to 3rd, are as follows:

Employability: Mikey C., Shawnee Heights; Katelyn L., Turner; Jace T., Holcomb

Public Speaking: Chrishayla A., Topeka High; Ryah K., Concordia; Grant C., Wichita Heights

Mathematics: Tristan R., Winfield; Dylan M., Salina West; Kloe N., Winfield

Project-Based Learning: Vianca E., Garden City; Brooklyn F. and M. E.; Basehor-Linwood; Lacey W. and Morgan G., Pratt

Teams were also awarded recognition based on their individual performance. The top three teams came from Salina South High School (1st place), Emporia High School 11-12 (2nd place), and Winfield High School (3rd place).

About JAG-K

JAG-K is a multi-year, in-school program for students in grades seven through 12, that offers tools to successfully transition students into post-secondary school, the military, or directly into the workforce with marketable skills. Participants in the program face multiple barriers to success that their JAG-K Career Specialist helps them overcome through a nationally accredited evidence-based model. In 2017, JAG-K students had a 98 percent graduation rate state-wide.   The 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization is one of 35 state affiliate organizations of Jobs for America’s Graduates. Brought to Kansas in 2013, JAG-K is primarily funded through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant to the State of Kansas administered by the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF). In addition to school districts and DCF, JAG-K partners with the Kansas Department of Education. Other JAG-K funding sources include AT&T, AT&T Kansas, John Deere Coffeyville Works, and Taco Bell.   To learn more about JAG-K visit, www.jagkansas.org, on Facebook, ‘Jobs for America’s Graduates- Kansas’, and on twitter, @JAG_Kansas. To learn more about poverty prevention programs funded by DCF, visit www.dcf.ks.gov.