National Policy Leaders to make Recommendations on Boosting Academic, Jobs Success Rates...

National Policy Leaders to make Recommendations on Boosting Academic, Jobs Success Rates for High-Risk Youth

Governor Jack Markell, Chair of JAG, and Governor John Engler, President of the Business Roundtable to deliver keynote remarks


WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE — Senator Tom Carper, Delaware Governor Jack Markell, and former Michigan Governor John Engler will lead discussions next week on how to develop new Federal and State policies to expand upon proven programs to increase job success for at-risk youth at the Jobs for America’s Graduates sixth annual National Thought Leader Event.

Governor Markell, currently the Chair of the Jobs for America’s Graduates Board of Directors and of the National Governors Association, will join with Governor Engler, the current CEO of the Business Roundtable in hosting the event with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the National Urban League, and the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Funds. Discussions will focus specifically on the historic unemployment rate of disadvantaged youth, especially Hispanic and rural youth. Antonio Tijerino, the president of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, as well as the presidents of the other co-host organizations, will also address these issues.

The Latino population is the fastest-growing minority population in the United States and they face a number of unique challenges in attaining academic and economic success that are of high-priority concern. A report released by the U.S. Department of Labor indicated that the unemployment rate among Hispanic youth jumped nine percent (to 35 percent) in one month, from May to June of last year, and numbers for 2012 are not much better.

The Hispanic Panel will be moderated by Joan Wodiska, Director of Early Childhood Education and Workforce Committee at the National Governor’s Association and will feature Antonio Tijerino, President of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation as well as Mark Pelesh, Executive Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for Corinthian College.

WHAT: JAG’s sixth annual National Thought Leader Event, Development of Policy and Programmatic Recommendations to Combat Youth Unemployment

WHEN: Thursday, September 13, 2012

8:20 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Governor Markell will deliver opening remarks at

8:30 a.m.

Senator Carper will deliver keynote remarks between 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Governor Engler will speak at noon during the working lunch.

WHERE: Columbus Club, Union Station

50 Massachusetts Ave., NE

Washington, D.C. 20002

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. For more information or to register, please contact Janelle Duray at (703) 684-9479 or

Media interested in attending should contact Jason Baran at (609) 683-2428 or

About JAG

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a non-profit organization that just celebrated its 30th anniversary with a proven track record of helping at-risk young people graduate from high school and make successful transitions to postsecondary education or meaningful employment. JAG has served over 850,000 youth and is currently assisting 42,000 young people in over 1,000 community high schools, middle schools, community colleges, and other learning locations in 32 states to achieve academic, career and life success. Some 90% of the youth in the JAG National Network have successfully graduated and over 80% are working, in college, or both a year after graduation. For more information about JAG go to

SOURCE Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG)

National Policy Leaders to make Recommendations on Boosting Academic, Jobs Success Rates for High-Risk Youth