NH-JAG Announces New Executive Director

Janet Arnett has been promoted to Executive Director for New Hampshire Jobs for America’s Graduates (NH-JAG).  Janet has been associated with NH-JAG since 2006 as the Program Manager.

Prior to NH-JAG, Arnett was at the Concord Regional Technology Center in the culinary arts program and served as the Training Manager at the Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa.  Additionally, she has a strong record of service to groups ranging from the Claremont Opera House to Skills USA to Children of Sullivan County.

“As NH-JAG celebrates its 30th anniversary, I look forward to continuing to strengthen opportunities for youth throughout the Granite State and identifying new areas for program growth,” Arnett says.

“Supporting high school graduation, future employment and career options is key to our vision to ensure that New Hampshire’s teens and young adults are empowered to achieve their full potential.”

Arnett has an A.S. in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University and a B.S. in Human Resources and Training from Granite State College.

NH-JAG currently operates five high school programs in Berlin, Manchester, Raymond, Hampton and Woodsville and two “out-of-school” programs in Claremont and Concord. NH-JAG supports youth seeking to make the most of their high school education and pursue career and postsecondary educational interests and is part of the national JAG network that teaches academic and workplace competencies. More information at



New Hampshire Jobs for America’s Graduates (NH JAG) held its 11th Annual Leadership Awards Event at the Grappone Conference Center. The statewide program honored several key people and organizations that assist in making NH JAG, and more importantly, its students, successful. This year’s honorees were Governor Chris Sununu, Lincoln Financial Group,  Byron Champlin, Superintendent of Concord Schools Terri Forsten,  and alumnus Raymond Bonilla.

Thank you to the following sponsors for their generous contributions:

Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance
Paul & Sandra Montrone


Catholic Medical Center
Manchester Community College
Northeast Delta Dental
Walmart Distribution Center

Baker Newman & Noyes
CCA Global Partners, Inc.
Dartmouth Hitchcock
Dunkin Donuts


Community service

On Thursday November 17th, Laconia Middle School JAG partnered with StandUp Laconia to bring back Empty Bowls to the community.  Students helped make the evening a success.  From making over 100 ceramic bowls to serving up the delicious chowder and chili donated from Tavern 27, it was a true community effort!  The event raised $765 to be donated to the St. Vincent De Paul Society.




NH JAG participants from Manchester Memorial, Merrimack Valley, Laconia, Raymond and Woodsville High Schools attended the 20th Annual National Student Leadership Academy in Washington, DC on November 9-11, 2016.

Tyrese Pierre shakes hands with JAG President, Ken Smith
Mariah Deroche (Laconia High School), Tyrese Pierre (Manchester Memorial High School), Rebecca Mancini (Merrimack Valley High School), Dakota Chamberlin (Woodsville High School), Devin Jordan (Raymond High School)



NH-JAG thanks the Walmart Foundation for helping to provide NH-JAG students with the chance to meet various employers in the STEM industry.  Students had the opportunity to learn about high tech and manufacturing jobs and ask employers critical questions about pursuing these career fields.  Employers included Texas Instruments, e-STEM Solutions, FoodState, Fiber Next, HP Hood, and Secure Care.











The JAG program at Winnacunnet High School since 2008, is a career skills leadership program that teaches students 37 employability competencies while offering opportunities for community service, job shadows, and scholarships.

Salema, who runs 369 Management with his father and two brothers, has hired dozens of students at Dunkin’ Donuts franchises throughout the Seacoast, including several members of the JAG program.  During his classroom visit Salema offered advice to the students on how to succeed on the job, saying “Take pride in what you do.  Even if it’s just making a coffee, make it perfectly and customers will remember you.”

He also shared stories of struggle, like when he had a hard time finding help and spent time sweeping floors and working the counter while trying to oversee 15 stores.  “Never ask someone to do something that you’re not willing to do.  If you’re not willing to get in there and clean, how can you expect your employees to do it? And when you’re stressed, don’t forget things will always get better.”

19 year old Victoria Price, a Seabrook resident, 2014 graduate of Winnacunnet High School and 4 year member of the JAG program, currently works full-time at one of Salema’s Dunkin’ Donuts stores while enrolled at Great Bay Community College.  “This job teaches you great time management and multi-tasking skills,” she says, “and the flexible schedule really helps while you’re in school.”  Price, who loves the customer service aspect of the job, plans to pursue a career in psychology.



Lincoln Financial & LMS



Manchester, NH, 07/01/2015 – New Hampshire Jobs for America’s Graduates (NH JAG) has received a $5,000 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation to support the NH JAG Middle School Program at Laconia Middle School.  This program was developed to capture struggling youth at an early age to assist students to stay engaged/connected to school by promoting academic and social success and improving leadership and team member skills.

Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lincoln Financial Group, believes in empowering people to live greater lives, which advances culture and empowers greater positive change. Its grant is part of Lincoln Financial’s annual $10 million investment in its local communities’ youth education, economic and workforce development, human well-being and arts programs.

About NH JAG
NH JAG is a statewide program for youth who seek to overcome obstacles in attaining a high school education and in pursuing career and postsecondary educational interests.  NH JAG operates 10 programs, seven high school programs, one middle school and two out-of-school youth programs located throughout the state.

About Lincoln Financial Foundation

The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under the Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and economic/workforce development.


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