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35 juniors and seniors from Mason City High School are involved in the program that organizers say can help them unlock their true potential."JAG Iowa has been one of the top performing JAG programs in the nation doing just that. Helping kids see the value of education especially completing their high school diploma and then connecting them while they're still in high school, to opportunities about careers," said Laurie Phelan, President and CEO of iJAG.
By partnering with groups such as Bank of America, iJAG looks to bring the same principles of achieving an education to students of north Iowa.Those in the program are partnered with a mentor and students help one another stay on track.
"When you get off on your own, you don't really have that backbone to help you apply at colleges and be your support team. When you turn 18 and move out and go out on your own, your out, your by yourself," said Ryan Rubash, iJAG Senior at Mason City High School.
For students like Mason City Senior, Johney Rhem, the program along with instructor Jeremy White have provided hope for students looking to pursue higher education or enter the workforce out of school."Mr. White is a awesome guy. He's been working with me every single day to get my grades up and they are going up and this is my opportunity to graduate from high school. I really want to graduate and go to college. I want to be a Robotics Engineer," said Rhem.
According to a recent study conducted by the Opportunity Nation Coalition, 6 million young people today are idle or not working and not in school.An alarming statistic that some hope a program like iJAG can set an example for.
Since 2012 iJAG programs throughout the state have maintained an average graduation rate of 93 percent and of those students 43 percent have gone on to study past high school."Young people need an extra boast. Theres a lot of challenges for young people today and north Iowa was the only ones of the state that we weren't in. We're on the eastern side, western side, southern side and central. We thought we need to get to north Iowa because theres a lot of young people up there that also need assistance," said Phelan.
"You don't want to be the person sitting there relying on everybody else, when you could be the one out there doing it yourself. Reach for your dreams, that's all I got to say," said Rhem.Of the states included in the report for providing the best opportunities for young people to excel, Vermont, North Dakota and Minnesota rank in the top three.
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