JEFFERSON CITY – Governor Mike Parson was unanimously elected to join the Board of Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) earlier this month. Governor Parson was proud of the opportunity to serve on the board with nine other governors throughout the country. The term will run until January 2020.
“Teresa and I are passionate about giving Missouri students the opportunity to advance in their education and readily enter the workforce,” said Parson. “We believe in the young people of Missouri and the positive impact that JAG has on our youth. With the help of JAG, our students can succeed. This is a great organization, and I look forward to doing my part to help it grow and reach more of our students.”
JAG is a state-based national organization in 34 states, which last year served more than 63,000 students in 1,500 communities. JAG is dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who have potential, but who are, for a variety of reasons, at risk for not graduating from high school. Over one million students have participated since 1979.
In Missouri, there are currently 29 JAG schools throughout Missouri, serving 2,000 students in the 2018-2019 school year. The graduation rate for JAG-Missouri students in recent years has been 95 percent or above.