HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Thirty six Hattiesburg High 9th through 12th grade students were initiated into the Jobs for Mississippi Career Association Wednesday afternoon.
JMG is an affiliate of the Jobs for America's Graduate program. JAG is the largest applied model of drop-out prevention and school to work transition for at risk and disadvantaged youth. Students are selected based on the barriers they face in their lives. The program is designed to keep young people in school through graduation and provide work based experiences that will lead to career opportunities or enrollment in post secondary institution.
"Our main goal is to connect with the students," said David Spight, JMG Job Coordinator. "We build relationships and try to overcome barriers. Whatever it takes to keep them in school whether it be through tutoring, job placement, or motivation."
Since the programs inception at Hattiesburg High five years ago, graduation rate for members of the association has been 95%.