Jobs for Virginia Graduates (JVG) was restarted in Virginia in 1996. The program is affiliated with the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program. JAG originated in Delaware in 1979 and is comprised of 39 state organizations and nearly 1,000 program affiliates.
Jobs for Virginia Graduates (JVG) is incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with the purpose of serving marginalized students in Virginia and helping them acquire the skills to find opportunities while ushering them toward high school graduation and transitioning from school to work.
Building on the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) national model, and led by a public/private sector Board of Directors with the Department of Education, JVG is one of the state’s initiatives for reducing the dropout rate and improving school-to-work transition. JVG functions through Virginia’s public school system, and in concert with state employment programs.
The mission of Jobs for Virginia Graduates is to assist students of great promise in graduating from high school and then obtaining and keeping quality jobs.
The method used to operate this program includes a unique combination of in-school and out-of-school services provided by a job specialist.
Employability skills curriculum featuring core competencies-based instruction – including units on career planning and decision making, job seeking, job retention, basic academics, leadership and self-development, and personal skills.
Virginia Career Association – a motivational student organization that fosters the development of personal responsibility, leadership, decision making, and assertiveness skills and provides recognition for positive achievement.
Job development and placement – meaningful job opportunities with advancement potential are matched with job-ready, motivated graduates involved in the JVG program.
Post-graduation follow-up – graduates and their employers are provided twelve months of follow-up assistance to facilitate students’ successful transition into the labor market and/or post-secondary education.
An active partnership between government, labor, and business organizations, educational institutions, and the community.