This school year is going to have challenges like every other year. We have the opportunity to employ more innovation than ever this year to educate our students and connect them with opportunities. That is where you come in! In the 2020-21 school year, many of our schools will not allow adult guests into the classrooms. Working with technology available to both you and the specialists, there are a variety of ways to connect with our students. This opens up a lot of new opportunities to work with people outside of our normal communities as well.
What is a virtual mentor? A virtual mentor is a person that can remotely connect with our classes or individual students (virtual job shadows). What separates a mentor from a guest speaker is their engagement with the class directly.
Who can be a virtual mentor?
Any recommended adults with access to technology and a willingness to share your story! Our students benefit greatly from the exposure to a variety of careers. At the same time, they are also inquisitive and a great virtual mentor will be able to answer and address questions. Discussing how you got to where you are at professionally will help the students identify various paths to having great careers. Mentors that are willing to share some attributes of their life outside of work typically make the best connections! Due to the virtual environment, we can work with mentors from any location!
How can I connect with iJAG to be a virtual mentor?
That is the easy part! If you (or an employee) would like to sign up to be a virtual mentor, please visit our Volunteer page at:
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates (I-JAG)
400 E 14TH ST GRIMES STATE OFFICE B, DES MOINES, IA 50319, US
Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates (I-JAG) provides a comprehensive school-to-career program for high school students who are faced with multiple barriers to success. Our program teaches performance competencies which are needed in order for our students to: succeed in school, thrive in the workplace, and lead productive and fulfilling lives. Our vision is to lead every I-JAG student to graduation, post-secondary education, a successful career, and/or life-long learning.
Our students, identified by their school and I-JAG staff, are among those at the highest risk of disengaging and/or dropping out of school; or need additional support in order to make a successful transition from high school to adulthood. I-JAG serves young people with "barriers to success". The more barriers to success that a young person has the more he or she is considered at-risk of graduation from high school or having a successful transition from school to an entry level job that leads to a career.
I-JAG provides students with life skills and job attainment as well as academic support, assistance with post secondary transition, and leadership development. I-JAG helps students identify interests and achievable career plans through job shadowing, part-time jobs, community service projects, skills competitions and service learning. I-JAG follows each student for one year after graduation to assist in overcoming any barrier that might impede their continued success.
In 2008-2009, I-JAG has 22 programs in 18 high schools across Iowa and provides programming to approximately 850 in-school youth, and follow-up services to 350 students who graduated in the class of 2007-2008. In I-JAG's nine year history, we have served over 6,350 students. The program is modeled after the highly successful and nationally proven Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) organization.
93% of I-JAG youth graduate with their class or within one year after their class. 96% of I-JAG graduates are enrolling in post-secondary education, training or the military, or are employed full-time.
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
We'll work with your schedule.
This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.
October 6, 2020
Access to technology, dependability and the willingness and ability to work with high school-aged students.