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First Impression Ribbon Cutting

December 6, 2018 9:43 AM

First Impression by JOG is officially open! Hours of operation are every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 am-5:00 pm and Saturday, 1:00-5:00 pm. A ceremonial Ribbon-Cutting will be held Friday, December 7th, 3:00 pm at the store located at 140 West Washington Street in Medina (just off the Square, beneath MIss Molly's Tearoom). Items can be  purchased at amazing prices with proceeds benefiting the services and programs provided by Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates.

First Impression provides business-appropriate attire for women to help them make a positive first impression at job interviews. We maintain an inventory of new and gently worn business-casual clothing and accessories. Clients who are referred from local social service agencies meet with a First Impression consultant to select and be fitted for interview-appropriate attire. Each client keeps her complete outfit.

Future plans involve expansion of our concept to include young men, and to other counties that we serve. Check back for updates.

Joseph Coleman honored as 2018 Community Leader of the Year at LDC

November 19, 2018 10:11 AM

Joseph Coleman, MA was recognized as JOG's fourth annual Community Leader of the Year during the awards luncheon at our Leadership Development Conference on Wednesday, November 7th at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. Mr. Coleman was honored for decades work, quietly improving the lives of young people. His dedicated service to organizations Akron Public Schools, Akron Urban League, Let Me Learn, Summit Education Initiative and many more exemplify the spirit of community-mindedness JOG seeks to instill in our students.

Three students were also honored for their leadership initiative: Giovanni Mims (Akron East HS) was chosen as Summit County Student Leader of the Year; Rebekah Pierse (Medina HS) was selected for Medina County; and Collin Yarian (Alliance HS) received recognition for his leadership in Stark County.

Over 300 students, staff and guests gathered to hear messages of inspiration from our Keynote Speaker, Brian Frick from Detroit, Michigan who ecouraged us to "Get comfortable, being uncomfortable" while sharing his incredible story of resilience and overcoming adversity. We also heard from Tim Anderson, Jr., a former felon who shared his story of Redemption and Resilience, leading to his creation of the Fallen Fathers Foundation. And finally, Emily Bates, an IT Manager at Progressive Insurance and vocalist for the band, Shooter Sharp and the Shootouts encouraged us to Advocate for Ourselves and Others. Emily pointed out that to Show Up is her number one key to success in business and in life in general; and that "Your probably not going to get what you never ask for", so its important to learn to advocate for yourself.

JOG to Celebrate 30 years serving the community

November 19, 2018 9:23 AM

 Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates (JOG) will celebrate 30 years of impacting the lives of our community’s youth on Wednesday, February 7th at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. The agency has met or exceeded all five Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) National Standards for workforce development for twenty-three consecutive years. Those standards include a 90% graduation rate; 80% of those youth working, in post-secondary education, or enlisted in the military; and 60% of those working being employed full-time within one year of graduation.

JOG Executive Director, Chris Canova will announce an exciting new agency initiative during the evening’s program. He said, “We plan to unveil a program that will allow JOG to help a segment of the community that is among the most difficult to serve. We need to consistently adapt with the ever changing landscape of the populations to be served, how and where we serve them, and simultaneously, meet the demands of employers.”

The JOG 30 Year Celebration will begin with a social hour at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner at 7:00, and a program highlighting many of JOG’s successes at 8:00 pm. Former Akron Deputy Mayor, Dave Lieberth will emcee the program. Individual tickets are available online through Eventbrite at https://pgj.cc/f8H32P. For Table Reservations, or more information, call JOG’s central office at 330.374.9445.

JOG began operations during the 1987-88 school year as part of a state-wide program providing career development training and placement assistance to Seniors at four Akron high schools. During the 90’s the program grew to serve students in Summit, Portage, and Medina Counties and took the name Tri-County JOG. In the early 2000’s funding gradually shifted from the Ohio Department of Education, to mainly Workforce Investment Act dollars. The transition from a school based program to a community based organization had begun and saw the agency pull back to Summit and Medina Counties, while using a new moniker, JOG our WAY (Workforce Advocacy for Youth). More recent changes have included an emphasis on providing service to Out-of-School youth; the addition of Stark County to the fold; and a return to the Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates name.

“Through the many changes, both in funding and the population we serve, the mission has remained the same… encourage and assist youth in attaining a high school diploma, or its equivalency; determine a career plan specific to the youth’s passion; and help them to make their plan a reality,” said Ron Whitmer, JOG Operations Manager.

Tim Burke, Market President for Key Bank, and Theresa Carter, President of OMNOVA Solutions Foundation are serving as Co-Chairs for the event, officially dubbed, “JOG: Celebrating 30 Years- Education, Employment, Excellence.” Carter said, “I am honored to serve as Co-Chair for JOG’s 30 Year Celebration. My time as a Board member at JOG allowed me a front row seat to experience the impressive array of success stories the organization produces each year. The dedication of the staff in helping to improve the lives of their young participants is just one example of their great passion for service.”

JOG to Sponsor Jan. 18th Akron Roundtable Speaker - Carolyn Warner

December 5, 2017 2:18 PM

JOG is proud to sponsor the appearance of JAG National Board Member, Carolyn Warner as featured speaker at the Akron Roundtable; noon, Thursday, January 18th at the Quaker Station, 135 S. Broadway Street in Downtown Akron.  Carolyn's presentation is entitled:  Work & Worth in the 21st Century - Rebuilding the American Dream.

Tickets are $25 and include lunch. Doors open at 11:45 am. Ms. Warner'sappearance is in coordination with the JOG 30-Year Celebration series of events. Reservations are accepted online at: https://www.akronroundtable.org/speakers/carolyn-warner/4896Among the most dramatic shifts in America today are the increasing.

Among the most dramatic shifts in America today are the increasing diversity of the population and the changing demographics of the young people entering our schools. These changes confront everyone – families,educators, employers, and society in general – with growing and serious questions: Who are the next generation of thinkers and workers? What kinds of work will they do? Will they have the skills to succeed? Are our schools prepared to provide the solutions to these challenges or do they simply reflect to old ways of doing new business? Explore these questions and how the answers will shape 21st Century America.   -Carolyn Warner

LDC 2017 Features 13 Messages…

December 5, 2017 2:16 PM

Christopher M. Milo, is a Nationally Renowned Concert Pianist, Professional Motivational Speaker and creator of the “13 Messages from Milo”. He has been fully trained in Life Skills and Resiliency. He has spoken to over 100,000 students on topics that hold a high interest level to youth. On Monday, November 6th, Mr. Milo will deliver the Keynote Address at our annual Leadership Development Conference.

His keynote will address the “13 messages from Milo”, inspired by many real life experiences. It is Milo’s belief that if we all spent more time on the “13 Messages From Milo”, we would spend less time texting horrible messages, sharing inappropriate thoughts on today’s social media outlets, and that we might become less judgmental. Simply speaking, we’d have happier places to work, live and go to school.

The messages include: Be positive, Be genuine, Accept, Love one another, Listen, Communicate, Work together, Be curious, Inspire, Coach, Use your talents, Be creative, Trust.

The Conference, held at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, begins at 8:45 am and concludes by 1:00 pm. Included in the day are three leadership-themed workshops, a professional luncheon, and awards honoring our Student Leaders of the Year, and a single Community Leader of the Year.

Outside agencies are invited to include their youth, ages 16-21, by contacting Ron Whitmer at 330-374-9445 for registration and cost details.