Student disengagement and learning loss are two of the biggest challenges our school partners and our JAG-K Career Specialists are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fortunately, our evidence-based model is bucking the trends and continues to deliver consistent results. Several Kansas school districts have recognized the value of JAG-K in addressing these issues and are using federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to either start or expand JAG-K programming. Some are starting as early as this semester.
While the ESSER funds must be used by 2024 and there is a question about sustainability, school districts and JAG-K are willing to take a chance to give our students the best possible opportunity to catch up and get back on a path to success. The JAG model is all about student engagement through community service, work-based learning, civic awareness, and project-based learning. In “normal” and pandemic years, we have had a consistent graduation rate of 97 percent, with almost 90 percent of our students in post-secondary education or training, military service, or in the workforce full time with marketable skills.
One large Kansas school district that has had JAG-K for eight years has decided to expand by 11 to 17 new JAG-K programs in 2022-23 using ESSER funds. They have made a commitment to their students and families to scale up a program that has been working but has not been available to as many students as are eligible. We believe after two years, there will be noticeable results.
JAG-K is not only eligible for ESSER funds, but it also qualifies for most federal Title funding and state at-risk funding.
If you are interested in expanding or wish to start a JAG-K program, please contact us at (785) 478-5650 and ask for Chuck. You may also email me directly at chuck.knapp@JAGKansas.org.
We are unable to start new programs in every district at this time and do prioritize based on need and impact. However, we do have a waiting list and would be glad to add your district if there is interest.
JAG-K President and CEO