Transforming At-risk Students Into Graduates

Published: August 10, 2018 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

“iJAG is like a second home and a family at school to help guide you. They helped me get out of my comfort zone and provided me with the support I wouldn’t have otherwise.”

– Infinity, iJAG student

For students facing multiple barriers to success, Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) can make the difference between surviving and thriving by helping students achieve a high school education – the foundation of economic potential, and the gateway to a lifetime of self-sufficiency. Through the provisions of counseling, mentoring, tutoring, career exploration, and post-secondary planning, iJAG assists Cedar Rapids students in graduating from high school and transitioning to the world of work. In 2017, thanks to program funding from supporters across the state, iJAG participants in Cedar Rapids graduated at a rate of 96%. Lil’ Drug Store Products, McGrath Automotive Group, Diamond V and World Class Industries supported this program through their Competitive Donor-Advised Funds held at the Community Foundation.

Infinity, a senior at Jefferson High School, has participated in her school’s iJAG program since her freshman year. Her older sisters also participated, and while she was initially apprehensive, she feels that iJAG has kept her on-track. The program has helped her get a job and take Advanced Placement courses.

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