JAG Program History
In spring 2018, the Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) began to lay the foundation for the local implementation of the JAG program. With grant and state agency funding, NDOL then launched JAG programs in Columbus, Fremont and Omaha Nation in January 2019. iJAG, the JAG program in Iowa, helped manage and monitor the program during its initial implementation.
In 2020, United Way of the Midlands (UWM) stepped up to lead the program. JAG aligned with UWM’s work to provide basic needs, education and financial stability supports to local individuals and families. In addition, UWM knew it could connect nonprofit and corporate partners to JAG and further grow the program. UWM partnered with NDOL to officially brand and launch JAG Nebraska in July 2020. Now, JAG Nebraska operates 14 programs, representing eight school districts, with plans to expand to 50 programs in school districts throughout Nebraska by the 2023-2024 school year.
National Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG)
Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) got its start in 1979 when Governor DuPont of Delaware identified a need to provide services to young people who came to school with little or no life skills for job opportunities after high school. The JAG program was created specifically as a bipartisan public and private partnership and focused on giving all students the opportunity to succeed, with many having multiple barriers to success. Now, JAG has affiliates in 40 states across the nation.