Jobs for America’s Graduates Announces Some of the Best Results in its 41-Year History

Achieving Graduation, Post-Secondary Education Enrollment, and Employment Rates across 39 States

Washington D.C., USA – WEBWIRE

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), a national organization whose mission is to empower the nation’s young people with the skills and support to succeed in education, employment, and life, announced the results for the JAG Class of 2021 across nearly 1,400 locations in 39 states – some of the best in its 41-year history.

JAG tabulated the results after providing JAG high school graduates with 12 months of follow-up support to help ensure their transition into work, post-secondary education, and/or the military. This follow-up support has been one of the hallmarks of JAG and is one of the great keys to our success.

The results for JAG’s Class of 2021 include:

  • A graduation rate of nearly 96% – (The national average of all 18—19-year-olds is below 84%.)
  • A Jobs rate of nearly 65%, and the full-time jobs rate was nearly 83% – both the highest in JAG’s history.
  • An Unemployment of 6.25%, while the rate for all 18–19-year-olds was 10.4% – about 40% lower.
  • JAG boosted its post-secondary education rate from 40.5% for the Class of 2020 to a remarkable 46.55% for the Class of 2021. For reference, the national enrollment rates decreased by 10–15% for the second year in a row while ours increased by nearly 15%.

For youth of color, the success rates of JAG students were dramatically higher than those of their non‑JAG counterparts in the same categories of 18–19‑year‑olds. JAG graduates with disabilities had similar success rates.

Reflecting the value and impact of JAG in their states, fourteen Governors serve on JAG’s bipartisan National Board of Directors (more Governors than on any other board in the country). Serving with them are a dozen C-suite executives of the Fortune 500 and national community, organizational, and educational leaders.

Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana, Chair of the JAG National Board of Directors, highlighted the results as “…some of the best results in the 41-year history of the organization – and most impressively, they were accomplished in one of the most difficult school years the nation has ever faced. The results for the Class of 2021 after our 12 months of support were consistent with the results for the Class of 2020 and the 40+ years JAG has been in operation. In Louisiana, we are further expanding the program in light of these results. JAG-Louisiana is in 165 schools now. This program has positively affected our state’s overall graduation rates and has helped young Louisianans take advantage of some of the extraordinary opportunities for great jobs and careers that are now available in Louisiana. We need every one of our young people to join our economy.”

JAG’s Vice Chair, Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa, stressed, “Over the last two years, JAG has delivered when it was needed most. In light of its extraordinary success, the program in Iowa is expanding dramatically from its current 100 locations to 150 schools in the coming year, and we plan to grow by 300-350 more in the years ahead. With results like these in Iowa and across the country, it’s clear why this organization has enjoyed such strong bipartisan support for all of its four decades.”

The high employment rate for JAG students, as well as its full-time jobs rate, reflects the confidence that the 19,000 employers who work with JAG have in the preparations its students receive. Students master 37 Employability Skills that enable them to meet or exceed the requirements employers have told JAG are most crucial to have.

Employers hire JAG high school students as well as students participating in its 120 Out-of-School programs. The Out-of-School programs serve high school dropouts and system-involved young adults aged 16-24, to help ensure their success in attaining their employment goals, and support those who need to complete their high school educations – and, if desired, gain a skill for a better-quality job.

JAG’s National Board has adopted an aggressive strategy – Youth Opportunities and Outcomes 2024 – with four priorities: 1) Invest in the JAG Network; 2) Serve More Young People; 3) Tell the JAG Story; and 4) Increase Outcomes through Enhanced Services. Major goals include to double the scale of the organization in order to meet the needs of youth and young adults across the country, while simultaneously enhancing services to include dual enrollment opportunities and securing credentials that “matter” in the communities where our students live, so they secure a better-than-entry-level job upon exiting the program.

Based on the program’s success, JAG projects the addition of 200 new schools/cohorts of youth and students to be part of the JAG organization in the school year beginning July 1, with additional growth expected on January 1.

For more information contact Janelle Duray, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer: or Sam Amsterdam, Senior Vice President for Communications and Positioning: .

ABOUT JAG: The JAG National Network has a footprint across nearly 1,400 communities in 39 states and will reach 75,000 youth in school year 2022-23. For more information, visit

Art of the Americas Presented at Florida International University

 Florida International University introduces Art of the Americas.

Twenty-four scholars around the globe and a myriad of world-class artists collaborated with a South Florida art teacher to reach out to children with art from their cultures (Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Guatemala, and the United States). On June 22-23, Florida International University’s Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center will host Rebecca Hinson who will present “Creating the Children’s Book Series Art of the Americas and How You Can Create Yours,” in Room 220 of the MMC Green Library from 1:00-4:00.

For four years, LACC has funded the development of Hinson’s twelve South American children’s art books for grades 3-8 under their U.S. Department of Education Title VI NRC grant. As a part of the grant, Hinson partners with F.I.U. and Miami-Dade County Public Schools to provide professional development for teachers June 22-23.

“My kindergarten art student, Tomas, never smiled, never spoke, and never looked you in the eye. For years, I tried everything to reach out to him, but nothing worked,” stated Hinson. “In fourth grade, I taught his class about the art of Tecún Umán, a Maya prince who fought against the Spanish conquistadors. At the end of that class, Tomas rose up out of his seat. He walked over. He looked me in the eye, and he said, ‘Thank you.’ Of all the things that I had tried, it was the art of his own culture which spoke to his heart. At that point, I realized how powerful art was and felt that it should be shared. In 2010, I wrote Tecún Umán and dedicated it to Tomas Reynoso Juan, my inspiration.

“When children migrate to the United States they sometimes feel ashamed of who they are and where they came from,” stated Hinson. “Often schools lack materials which reflect their cultures of origin. My 48 children’s books instill pride in newcomers and teach them about their new country, the United States of America. I just released free audios (with pictures) of six South American books and eighteen other Caribbean, Central American, and North American books in their entirety through Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Follett School Solutions, Amazon, and I sell printed books in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.”

You can see and hear the 24 books on Instagram:

Hinson’s titles were written for practical application in the K-12 art, history, reading, social studies, ESOL, and foreign language classrooms, with text-dependent questions for each title. Spanish editions were written by Claudia Battistel Tomada, Ph.D. and Gabriela Escobar Rodríguez, Ph.D. Haitian Creole titles were written by Jacques Pierre.

Liesl B. Picard, Associate Director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center of the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs of Florida International University stated, “I appreciate Rebecca’s continued partnership. I am excited to support her efforts and look forward to our continued work to promote Latin America and the Caribbean.”

“Many thanks to Liesl Picard and F.I.U. for their continued support,” stated Hinson. “I love working with M-DCPS teachers. They are very scholarly. They show up ready to work!”

“A depth of gratitude goes to my amazing editors, John Robuck, and Richard Lederer. Many thanks to Claudia Battistel Tomada, Gabriela Escobar Rodríguez, and Jacques Pierre for writing fine Spanish and Haitian Creole editions. Many thanks to the gracious scholars who guided me along the way: Marjorie Agosín, Simone Athayde, Roy Bartolomei, Guillermo Duberti, Laura Duberti, Laurent M. Dubois, Brian D. Farrell, Nora Erro-Peralta, Philippe Girard, Richard Lederer, Mary Ellen Miller, Reynaldo Ortiz-Minaya, Walter Paul, Bianca Premo, John Robuck, Inés Quintero, Michael E. Smith, Stuart Schwartz, Orin Starn, Rebecca Stone, Tomás Straka, and Edward Z. Wronsky,” stated Hinson.

“If we teach students about where they come from, reading and math scores increase. Every group and every student must feel part of the education process,” stated Dr. Bernadette Kelley.

“Can culture drive academic achievement? As a teacher, I understand that a child’s connection with their culture is a powerful tool,” stated Rebecca Hinson. “If a child sees their culture honored in my classroom, it makes school a place where they belong. If a child sees affirming representations of their culture in my classroom, it is a mirror which says, ‘I can succeed here.’ My books reflect and validate the identities of students from South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and North America, and provide a window for students to explore other cultures.”

Why multicultural art books? The best indicator of future high school graduation is this. Does a child read on grade level by the end of third grade? Of all the large urban school districts in Florida, M-DCPS has the highest third grade reading scores, in-spite of the fact that 50% of their students were born outside the U.S.A. “As educators, we understand that culture is a great motivator, especially in a county as diverse as ours,” stated Bob Brazofsky, Executive Director, Social Sciences, M-DCPS. “Exploring their heritages through authentic art excites and entices our students.”

Purchasing books for Palm Beach County School District, Dr. Cathy Pressey stated, “These books and text-dependent questions perfectly align with the Reading Standards of Informational Text and Literacy in History/Social Studies. They are an amazing resource for all students as they meet the challenges of these standards.” She said Hinson had covered cultural groups that large publishers had overlooked, “but they are definitely important.”

“These Central American, Caribbean, and South American stories tap into the prior knowledge of our immigrant students, who are learning English as a second language,” stated Mike Riley, retired Principal of South Grade Elementary in Palm Beach County, Florida. “When students see a familiar picture on the page, it supports engagement and adds meaning to their reading. The U.S.A. books also start from the ground up as they build background knowledge of U.S. history for our ELLs. The text-dependent questions challenge students to delve deeper in their comprehension of the text.”

“A book with 24 pages is less intimidating to ELL students,” stated Angela Gonzalez of the School District of Palm Beach County. “These titles are useful for close reading, read-alouds, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading.”

Over ten percent of public school students in the United States are designated as English Language Learners. The reading achievement gaps between ELL and non-ELL students in the National Assessment of Educational Progress were 36 points at the 4th grade level and 44 points at the 8th grade level. Hinson’s books implement best practices for increasing reading comprehension of ELLs to bridge these learning gaps.

“My goals are to jump start ELLs out of the silent phase by tapping into their prior knowledge, instill pride in students’ identities by addressing their cultural disconnects, and increase ELL academic performance and graduation rates,” stated Hinson.

“Our students scour the shelves for Hinson’s books,” stated Media Specialist Sarah McKnight of the School District of Palm Beach County. “Our statistics show that their titles have high circulation rates which continue to rise.”

The U.S. Department of Education awarded LACC’s 2018 proposal, designating it a National Resource Center (NRC) and granting it a Foreign Language and Areas Studies Fellowship (FLAS) for four years. Both grants allow LACC to continue its support of research, training, and access to scholarship funds for languages and understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean. This is the thirty-ninth year LACC has been named an NRC since its founding 43 years ago.

Author Rebecca Hinson is a graduate of Duke University and the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. She leads workshops in teaching literacy through multicultural art. Editor John Robuck is a journalism graduate of the University of Georgia. Editor Richard Lederer is the author of 40 books about language, history, and humor. He is the founding co-host of A Way With Words on Public Radio.

Story Sources:

Rebecca Hinson


Liesl Picard

Associate Director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC)

Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs

Florida International University


Bob Brazofsky

Executive Director

Social Sciences

Miami-Dade County Public Schools



Angela Gonzalez


Palm Beach County School District


Claudia Battistel Tomada, Ph.D.

Spanish Translator


Jacques Pierre

Haitian Creole Translator



Marjorie Agosín, Spanish, Ph.D., Indiana University

Simone Athayde, M.A. Ethnobotany, University of Kent

Claudia Battistel Tomada, Ph.D. in Spanish, Florida International University

Roy Bartolomei, M.A. in History, Harvard University

Guillermo Duberti, Doctor of Juridical Sciences, Universidad Nacional de Rosario

Laura Duberti, M.A. in International Relations, Universidad de Belgrano

Laurent M. Dubois, Ph.D. in Latin American and Caribbean History, University of Michigan

Gabriela Escobar Rodríguez, Ph.D. in Spanish, Florida International University

Brian D. Farrell, Ph. D. in Zoology and Botany, University of Maryland

Philippe Girard, Ph.D. in Latin American and Caribbean History, Ohio University

Richard Lederer, Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of New Hampshire

Mary Ellen Miller, Ph.D. in History of Art, Yale University

Reynaldo Ortiz-Minaya, Ph.D. in Sociology, Binghamton University

Walter Paul, Ph.D. Physics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jacques Pierre, M.A. Kent State University

Bianca Premo, Ph.D. in History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

John Robuck, B.A. in Journalism, University of Georgia

Inés Quintero, Ph.D. in History, Central University of Venezuela

Michael E. Smith, Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Illinois

Stuart Schwartz, Ph.D. in History, Columbia University

Orin Starn, Ph.D. in Anthropology, Stanford University

Rebecca Stone, Ph.D. in History of Art, Yale University

Tomás Straka, Ph.D. in History, Andrés Bello Catholic University

Edward Z. Wronsky, Jr., AIA, Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania


Rebecca Hinson


Lindsay Dudley


Rebecca Hinson Publishing

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New Book Brings You Face to Face with America’s Founding Fathers

 A.L. Talarowski brings you face-to-face with America’s Founding Fathers in her new book My Dinner With The Founding Fathers: A Collection of Short Stories About Dining with The Men Who Built America. Using actual quotes, she holds the conversations you have always wanted to have with men like Samuel Adams, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin. Step into her imagination and learn history like never before.

Under The Sun Publishing is thrilled to bring this book that is full of information, insight, history, and humor. It will be a favorite of anyone who likes history, America, and a fun story.

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GEODIS in Americas Joins Diverse Group of Globally Recognized Companies Prioritizing Ethical Leadership and Corporate Integrity


GEODIS in Americas announced it has joined Ethisphere’s Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) to bolster its current commitment to maintaining an industry-leading standard of corporate integrity in today’s business ecosystem. BELA is a globally recognized organization featuring more than 375 members from leading companies who collaborate together to share best practices in governance, risk management, compliance and ethics.

“At GEODIS, we have a longstanding commitment to ethical leadership and corporate integrity through a comprehensive program implemented across all lines of business with the goal of creating a better tomorrow for our teammates, clients and world,” said Marjorie Rossell Ortega, Ethics and Compliance Senior Director for the Americas Region at GEODIS. “By joining BELA, we will have the opportunity to take specific aspects of our existing program to the next level as we benefit from an environment of shared collaboration, learning and growth alongside other experts in the fields of ethics and compliance.”

Members receive enterprise-wide access to the BELA Member hub, a premier repository of resources featuring examples of work, presentations and research from select BELA companies, that is intended to cultivate more idea exchange and inspiration for companies to continuously improve in the area of ethics and compliance. BELA members also have the ability to benchmark their ethics and compliance program and practices to those of the World’s Most Ethical Companies and participate in year-round opportunities to network and share best practices at roundtables, webinars, and in-person and virtual events.

“The accelerated growth of BELA sends a strong message to the business community that there is a deep need for data, shared insights and collective intelligence that can support a diverse set of leaders charged with implementing effective integrity programs,” said Kevin McCormack, Executive Vice President and Executive Director for BELA. “BELA aligns so well with these pursuits that it often becomes part of the working culture.”

The 375+ BELA member companies represent over 60 industries headquartered in 15 different countries. It has become a pivotal platform of connected leadership dedicated to progressing company standards and practices across global and regional business ecosystems. BELA members collaborate to define best practices on a range of topics of importance to ethics and compliance leaders—from environmental, social and governance (ESG) to data analytics, equity, behavioral science in training and other issues—in working groups and at the Global Ethics Summit, the ESG Forum and additional events in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and other regions around the world.