NH JAG Leadership Awards Event
On Tuesday February 20 at the Grappone Center in Concord, New Hampshire Jobs for America’s Graduates (NH-JAG) honored Governor John H. Sununu at its 12th annual Leadership Awards Breakfast.
Recognizing former Governor Sununu for his contribution to the state as a whole, and for his long time support of its career skills leadership program for youth, NH-JAG Board member and former state senator Bobby Stephen shared fond memories of their work together across party lines: Governor John Sununu, was ahead of his time, he demonstrated innovation and showed a commitment to solving problems. The JAG program came to N.H. during his administration and has continued to serve New Hampshire’s youth uninterrupted for 30 years.
In accepting the leadership award, former Governor Sununu praised the NH-JAG organization, calling it “one of the great programs for youth” in the state and urging those in attendance to continue to nurture its growth in New Hampshire. To the NH-JAG students participating in the event, the former Governor said, “What a great favor you do for yourself by being a part of this program.”
Current Governor Chris Sununu offered opening remarks for the event, continuing his father’s legacy of support for NH-JAG. He praised and encouraged the continued public-private partnerships as evidenced by the corporate sponsors in attendance. Governor Sununu’s passion for New Hampshire’s younger citizens was evident as he enthusiastically chatted in between photo opportunities with JAG students from Berlin, Manchester Memorial, and Winnacunnet High Schools.
Eversource Energy was also honored for their leadership in workforce development, with specific mention of their innovative certificate and internship programs such as the Electrical Line Worker Certificate Program. Other honorees included Berlin School District, one of the first school districts to adopt a NH-JAG program that continues today. Former NH-JAG students Juliette Gonzalez and Joseph Rodger both received NH-JAG Alumnus awards in recognition of their leadership in their communities and being an inspiring example to all young adults.
New Hampshire Jobs for America’s Graduates (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. Through comprehensive competency based curriculum, NH-JAG facilitates learning, skill development and community involvement, empowering youth to identify and achieve their dreams.
Thank you to the following sponsors for their generous contributions:
Catholic Medical Center
Manchester Community College
Northeast Delta Dental
Baker Newman & Noyes
CCA Global Partners, Inc.
St. Mary’s Bank
JAG NATIONAL STUDENT LEADERSHIP EVENT
NH JAG students Dinebari (Manchester Memorial High School), Tyler (Raymond High School), Emilee and Sarah (Winnacunnet High School) attended the 21st Annual National Student Leadership Academy in Washington, DC this past December.
Thank you Nellie Mae Education Foundation!
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 nh-jag.org.
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.