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JMG Benton Harbor Youth

Jobs for Michigan's Graduates


Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) is a comprehensive program for youth in and out of schools, helping them identify a pathway for post-secondary success while overcoming individual barriers.

What We Do

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JMG uses the well-established Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) model with components including classroom instruction, competency-based curriculum, adult mentoring, advising and support, employment training/work experiences, career exposure, student-led leadership development and postsecondary education exploration. JMG offers career exploration and soft skills development in 72 Michigan cities, with over 100 programs serving 4500+ youth annually.


JMG focuses on supporting youth in an in-and-out of school context emphasizing dropout prevention, dropout recovery, and school-to-career transition. A key component of JMG programming is the relationship between youth and the JMG specialist who deliver the program. Specialists are trained in trauma informed care and not only focus on the educational development of their youth, but also on their emotional well-being.

  • Life Skills Taught at 100 Locations

  • Pathways to Employment

  • Annual Youth-focused Events

  • A Built-In Networking Community

Program Models


Middle School



Out of School

College Success

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Our Outcomes


graduation rate, 11+ years running


of graduates go on to postsecondary education, employment or the military


youth have been served in the JMG program since 2008

*Total number as of 2/15/24*

Core Components of JMG

Our Impact

Hear directly from our youth!

JMG Youth

Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates is the Michigan affiliate of the national Jobs for America’s Graduates  (JAG) network, one of the largest and most successful student-centered programs that help young people achieve their fullest potential.

The Role of the JMG Specialist 

The role of the Specialist is part Social Worker, part Teacher and part Career Counselor.  Although those three professions seem very different, they have one important common trait: all three professions coach people to reveal better versions of themselves.  Specialists are also supportive caring adults in the lives of their youth; the key to building resiliency.  They also serve as mentors and advocates.

Role of a JMG Specialist
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of the Month

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This recognition is given to Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) specialists who consistently promote quality JMG program standards, and who have gone above and beyond expectations to help youth overcome barriers and succeed in education, employment and in life.

JMG Youth

JMG has been a salvation for me. Every school should have this program because it teaches you things you need in life. To any young adult considering joining JMG I would say DO IT and don’t hesitate. This program screams success.

- Sarah

JMG Youth

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