Almost 200 students and teachers representing Jobs for Americas Graduates-SC (JAG-SC) spent the past two days meeting with leaders in our nation’s capital.
The JAG National Leadership Awards Luncheon was held today to recognize a variety of corporate and government leaders who make the high school dropout prevention and job readiness program possible. Several South Carolinians were honored during the two day festivities:
- Cheryl M. Stanton, executive director of the SC Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW), received the Government Leader Award for demonstrating extraordinary leadership in an elected or appointed government office. She was recognized for promoting the JAG mission to diverse audiences and her overall leadership and investment in the state’s emerging workforce.
- Kendra Smith, a South Florence High JAG-SC student, was selected to sing the National Anthem at the luncheon.
- Yetzibel Santos of Swansea High represented South Carolina in JAG’s celebration of one million students. The organization hit the milestone of one million students served this year, and each state designated a delegate to mark the occasion.
On Wednesday, students from the Palmetto State got a chance to meet and spend time with Sen. Tim Scott at the Capitol. Coordinated by DEW, JAG-SC is currently in its ninth year and has served more than 7,000 students.
With the help of a dedicated career specialist at each participating school, JAG students work on skills identified by businesses as essential to successful employment. The S.C. program has been consistently recognized at the national level for its success in equipping young people for life beyond high school.