“We wanted to come to the Capitol and get tours, but we also wanted to come and promote JAG-K,” said Megan Londeen, Southwest Regional JAG-K President. “I think that 100 percent of students could benefit from being in JAG-K.”
JAG-K was recognized at 10 a.m., on the Kansas House of Representatives floor, and at 2 p.m., on the Kansas Senate floor.
JAG-K is a multi-year program for students in grades seven through 12, that offers tools to successfully transition students into postsecondary school, the military or directly into the workforce with marketable skills. Participants in the program face multiple barriers to success. Kansas adopted the program in 2013.
JAG-K is one of the most successful JAG startups in the country. In 2016, JAG-K students reached a 93 percent graduation rate, thanks to the supports and services offered by JAG-K Career Specialists. The JAG-K Class of 2017 already has achieved a 97 percent graduation rate.
JAG-K is primarily funded through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) dollars, through the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF). Funds are available through an annual federal block grant.
“JAG-K is one of many poverty-prevention programs that DCF funds, helping numerous Kansas youth achieve a brighter future,” said Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel. “This is a wonderful program, and I am so excited that these students had the opportunity to come to our State Capitol and experience the legislative process firsthand.”
“Education is so fundamentally important to the success of Kansas children,” said Governor Jeff Colyer. “JAG-K is equipping Kansas students with the right tools to have a successful, prosperous future.”
JAG-K is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and an affiliate of the national JAG program that operates in 34 states. In addition to school districts and DCF, JAG-K partners with the Kansas State Department of Education. Other JAG-K funding sources include the Aetna Foundation, Amerigroup Foundation, AT&T, and John Deere Coffeyville Works.
(Left to right) JAG-K Career Association Secretary Antonio Cooper, Junction City High School; JAG-K Vice President Program Development Bev Mortimer; JAG-K Career Association President Linda Moyo, Newton High School; and JAG-K President and CEO Chuck Knapp were recognized on the Kansas Senate Floor this afternoon to promote JAG-K.