Meet Skylar. She’s a 2023 Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates former class president from Reno’s Damonte Ranch High School who is full of ideas to boost the success of our students. She credits JAG for propelling her from a freshman who hardly engaged at school, to a leader who excelled, attending the National Student Leadership Academy and the state Career Development Conference.
Skylar works in sales while studying business at Truckee Meadows Community College, but she wants to dive into entrepreneurship before she graduates. Her grand plan is to return to JAG as a specialist, where she will use her experience to guide the next generation of students to success.
In the meantime, she’s prepared to spearhead an alumni project that will bring recent grads back to the program to guide and mentor current classes. She wants to give back to the program that she says has made her who she is. “The JAG program definitely prepared me for my future. I would have been completely lost without it.” She credits the welcoming, family-like environment created by her specialists, Ms. Cirillo and Jenniffer Prokop and her class peers for providing opportunities to safely step outside her comfort zone and challenge herself in professional development. We can’t wait to see how this engagement develops, but we know it will support peer relationships that foster leadership and growth.
Dirty Jobs Star Launches Program at Western
Mike Rowe, star of Discovery Channel’s program Dirty Jobs, has explored the dangerous and disgusting duties of many jobs. Now he is putting his experience to good use by sharing his S.W.E.A.T. (Skills and Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo) curriculum with students at Western High School. Set to roll out January 29, Mike Rowe Works is a multi-year program featuring curriculum aimed at creating opportunities in skilled labor for high school students.
Made possible by Opportunity 180 and presented by Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates, this program will introduce 500 to 600 freshmen to a 12-lesson plan that instills the importance of four pillars – work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude. The program will pair business partners from unions and the trades with students seeking job skills and apprenticeships.
Under the direction of Western High School Principal Antonio Rael and Specialist Theresa Jackson, the MRW project is looking to partner with employers in traditional “blue collar” jobs including auto mechanics, aviation tech, carpentry, commercial drivers, diesel technology, electrical tech, emergency medical tech, farming and agriculture, fire science, heavy equipment and machinery, manufacturing, pipe fitting and plumbing, HVAC, welding, marine tech and more. If you are interested in partnering with Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates, contact Theresa Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
J4NG Earns BOA’s Neighborhood Builders Award
Bank of America announced Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates (J4NG) as a 2023 Neighborhood Builders® awardee for their work advancing economic mobility and building up underserved neighborhoods in Las Vegas. Through $200,000 in grant funding and extensive leadership training, programs and services addressing professional development will expand.
“Nonprofits are vital to solving social challenges, improving communities and promoting economic advancement,” said Al Welch, president, Bank of America Las Vegas. “Providing these nonprofits with flexible funding and leadership training not only positions these nonprofits for sustainable, long-term success, but demonstrates our commitment to creating real change in the places where we live and work.”
J4NG works to inspire, support and mentor students to ensure they not only graduate from high school but also reach their full potential for the future. For 10 years, the organization has provided resources for thousands of underserved students, including job development skills, college preparation and more. Ninety-seven percent of its students graduate from high school, allowing them to begin the path to the job of their dreams. New grant funding will support services that help solve obstacles in the way of the students’ success, such as providing reliable transportation, proper attire for job interviews, academic tutoring and financial support.
“Empowering youths with the tools, resources, and most importantly, a belief in their own limitless potential is a cornerstone for building neighborhoods and communities,” said Dr. René Cantú, executive director of Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates. “Through this generous investment, youths will build their own powerful and positive futures, uplifting our neighborhoods as a result.”