JAG SPECIALISTS FIND MANY REWARDS WHEN TEENS GROW STRONGER WITH LIFE AND EMPLOYMENT SKILLS
eacher is one descriptor to characterize WorkOne's specialists who are the backbone of a regional Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) program — but it's not the only one. Here are some others casting light on these professionals who accomplish most of their job duties within the walls of Northern Indiana high schools: mentor, counselor, life-coach, listener, advisor and skills-trainer.
For many of the young Hoosiers, JAG specialists have cemented a profound and positive influence on them. Teenagers by nature must travel through difficult experiences during adolescence, and the guidance of adult specialists has helped smooth the road to maturity. "JAG has taught me many life skills," remarked Julian Luna, a senior at Elkhart Memorial High School, on March 19th, 2013, during WorkOne's JAG Career Development Conference. Luna's goal is to earn a doctorate in mathematics and work as a college professor.
In addition, Kiara Garrus, a senior at South Bend Clay in March 2013, was struggling with several difficult issues in her family and felt despondent, in part, about making positive decisions in light of instability in her family life. Yet after volunteering to enter the JAG program, "I became outgoing," Garrus said, observing that JAG helped her establish a realistic roadmap for her future. She plans to attend Manchester University, in North Manchester, Ind., to study prelaw and play on the women's basketball team. Garrus hopes to own a law firm in the future.