The mission of Jobs for Virginia Graduates is to assist at-risk and disadvantaged youth in graduating from high school, and then to find and keep quality jobs.
Our Work: Jobs for Virginia Graduates trains and supports Career Specialists in the school through the school division to work with identified students. The JVG Specialists provide individual attention to these youth as teachers, advisors and mentors to ensure that they graduate.Group instruction also equips the participants with 37 to 86 employability competencies to prepare them for the workplace. Sometimes these educators are the only advocates for the at-risk teenagers in need of support to achieve their goals. Our specialists follow-up with the students for a full year after graduation, keeping track of employment and/or educational standing, and contacting students and employers on a monthly basis.For eighteen consecutive years, Jobs for Virginia Graduates has received the highest National honor bestowed on a state affiliate, the “Five of Five” Award at the JAG National Training Seminar in July 2015. Virginia has received this award every year of eligibility. The recognition is based on meeting or exceeding all five core performance goals established by our national affiliate, JAG:Outcomes:
Jobs for Virginia Graduates (JVG) is an award-winning program designed to assist students who are at-risk of not graduating from high school. JVG, restarted in Virginia in January 1997 after a brief hiatus. The program was originally founded in Virginia in 1982. JVG helps Virginia high school seniors to stay in school, graduate, and successfully transition from school to work. The program is affiliated with the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program. JAG originated in Delaware in 1979 and is currently comprised of 31 state organizations and nearly 1,000 program affiliates. JAG has a proven record of success. It is the nation’s longest running, most consistently applied school-to graduation-to work model. Jobs for Virginia Graduates (JVG) is incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
What sets us apart from other school to work programs is simple – we are a school-to-graduation-to work program. There are ten (10) common elements:
JVG is a statewide organization with 25 programs serving 28 counties across the Commonwealth. In the greater Richmond area we have programs in the following schools:
R. Barry Glenn has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Jobs for Virginia Graduates (JVG) since 1996. During his tenure JVG has served over 10,000 young people in 26 school systems across Virginia, winning JAG’s highest national award for 18 consecutive years. Since 1996, JVG has averaged a 94% graduation rate with an 86% job placement rate.
Prior to JVG, Mr. Glenn had 24 years of progressive experience in private school education as a teacher, coach, lower school director, director of development, director of athletics, and headmaster. As a graduate of Old Dominion University, he began his career teaching sixth grade literature and grammar, and coaching basketball, baseball, and football at Norfolk Academy in 1972. He then moved to Bollingbrook School in Petersburg, VA where he taught high school literature and coached basketball and baseball. At Bollingbrook, Mr. Glenn was promoted to Director of Athletics and Director of Development.
Mr. Glenn moved to Lexington, KY in 1979 to as Sayre School’s Director of the Lower School, where he helped develop and modernize the program. In 1982 Mr. Glenn became the Headmaster of Cambridge Academy in Greenwood, South Carolina making it more competitive by expanding the curriculum and increasing graduation requirements.
Mr. Glenn went back to school in 1986 as a Teaching and Research Assistant to the Policy Studies and Evaluation Department of the School of Education at the University of Kentucky while a candidate for a Ph.D. in Education. Mr. Glenn completed his course work in December 1987 and comprehensive exams in May 1988. He returned to Virginia as Headmaster of Southampton Academy increasing graduation requirements and course offerings.
In 1994, Mr. Glenn moved into a full-time development focus as Director of Development at North Cross School in Roanoke. Under Mr. Glenn’s tenure, total gifts increased by 13% in his first year, and the number of givers by 34%.
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