Preparing Students for Successful Futures
February 2022
Gov. Kelly Includes $3.5M in FY 2023 Budget for Expansion of JAG-K
Gov. Laura Kelly included $3.5 million for JAG-K in her Fiscal Year 2023 budget. If the appropriation is approved by the Kansas Legislature, it could result in the largest expansion of JAG-K in the history of the organization.

A longtime supporter of JAG-K, Kelly has consistently praised the evidence-based program for helping students reach their full potential, despite facing various challenges in their lives.

“Governor Kelly supported JAG-K as a legislator, so she has a long history of understanding the value of our mission,” said JAG-K President and CEO Chuck Knapp. “We have strong bipartisan support in the Kansas Legislature, and I am optimistic we will be able to serve many more Kansas students in the near future with this appropriation.”

JAG-K addresses many of the risk factors associated with poverty, teen pregnancy, and entry into the correctional system. By participating in a JAG-K program, data indicates an overwhelming majority of students will travel a path that leads to graduation and career success.

JAG-K students have a graduation rate of 97 percent over the past four years. Eighty-nine percent of JAG-K graduates are in post-secondary education, military service or in full-time employment one year after graduation.

JAG-K currently serves a little over 4,200 Kansas students in 81 programs across the state. It is estimated that the $3.5 million could support the addition of approximately 47 new programs over a two-to-three-year period. JAG-K expanded from 25 programs to 52 programs following the 2013-14 school year, which was the first year of the program’s existence in Kansas. JAG-K is one of 40 affiliate organizations of Jobs for America’s Graduates.

JAG-K Day at the Capital set for Feb. 10
On Feb. 10, more than 300 JAG-K students and staff from across Kansas will visit the state Capitol in Topeka to learn about government and how they can better prepare to participate in the workforce.

Students will have opportunities to tour the building and meet with their legislators. Regional and state officers will be recognized on the House and Senate floors during session, and will have their photos taken with Gov. Laura Kelly, who will officially proclaim the day "JAG-K Day at the Capitol."

JAG-K President and CEO Chuck Knapp will appear on the Danielle Norwood on AM 580 WIBW on Feb. 8 to discuss JAG-K Day at the Capitol and other government activities as they relate to JAG-K.
JAG-K Student Leaders Selected for
Youth Opportunity Ambassadors Program
Out of 20 students selected nationwide, the International Youth Foundation and McDonalds chose two Kansas JAG-K student leaders to participate in the Youth Opportunity (YO) Ambassadors program.
JAG-K Career Association president Devin Russell-Unger, Augusta High School, and vice-president Ryah Klima, Concordia High School, participated in the four-month ambassadorship which employs students as communications liaisons between McDonald’s and the public.
The YO Ambassadors initiative seeks to equip youth with the skills to be successful public speakers and communicators, empower young people to decide how they want to be portrayed to others, and support young people in the development of leadership and job-readiness skills.
Russell-Unger and Klima were quoted in a recent web announcement introducing the participants in the YO Ambassadors and YO Global Youth Council programs.
JAG President Discusses the Nationwide Impact and Future of the Organization
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Wichita Heights JAG-K Program Celebrated in Wichita Beacon Article
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“You can feed them today, and they’re fed for that day,” Evans said. “Or you can teach them how to get their own food, and you’ve helped feed them for a lifetime. That’s the whole principle...”

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U.S. Representative Sharice Davids
Coffee with Chuck and U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids

U.S. Representative Sharice Davids (KS-3rd) answered questions from JAG-K students during public service month.

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