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Summit County Virtual Work Experience Program

May 2, 2021 12:25 PM

The Summit County Department of Job and Family Services is offering a paid summer youth education program that will begin soon. For 2021, this replaces the traditional summer youth program with which you may be familiar. This year's program will be a total of 6 weeks long and include job readiness and the potential to earn an occupational skills credential.

This online-only, virtual program is for youths age 16-20, and one or more residents in your household may be eligible.

Youths that complete the entire program may earn up to $1,470 in incentive payments for completing all online classes and assignments and will receive a Chromebook.

If youths in your household are interested, a parent or guardian needs to register online for the opportunity.

Visit  tiny.one/vsyep to register.

Spots are limited. Registration must be completed no later than Monday, May 17.

Our program staff will be in contact via phone shortly after registration concludes. Please be patient, as we expect a high volume of responses.

Thank you for your interest and have a nice day.

because I said I would. founder to deliver LDC Keynote

November 1, 2019 11:41 AM

Alex Sheen,co-founder of the because I said I would. movement, will share his insights and actionable ways to become better at fulfilling commitments as part of his Keynote Address at the annual JOG Leadership Development Conference, Wednesday, November 6 at the John S. Knight Center in Downtown Akron. Because I said I would. is a social movement and nonprofit dedicated to bettering humanity through promises made and kept.

Additionally, the Conference will feature workshops from because I said I would’s, Cassie Perez and Abby Diamond (Limiting Beliefs); Huntington Bank’s, Kirsten Lino (The Labels We Are Given); and Ryan Bayonnet of Hyland Financial and FinMango, (Steps to Financial Independence).

The day concludes with an Awards Luncheon honoring the JOG Student Leader of the Year from Summit, Medina, Stark and Medina Counties, and the Cleveland Metro area.

Richard Cole, Director of Business Development and Community Outreach at the S.U.P.E.R. Learning Center will receive the Russell M. Pry Community Leader of the Year Award, named in honor of the late Summit County Executive who was well known for his advocacy for youth.

Register now for JOG-sponsored Fundraising Workshop

August 12, 2019 2:00 PM

What do behavioral economics and psychology teach us about donor motivation? Going beyond strategy, tactics and anecdotes, academic research and studies take us inside the donor’s mind, revealing the science behind charitable giving decisions. With this knowledge, fundraisers have better tools for motivating donors to give to their organization, give more, and give more regularly.

Dramatically improve your fundraising results! Register Today for this JOG-Sponsored event and find out how to use this evidence-based research to implement new creative approaches to your work in cultivating, securing and stewarding your donors and prospects!  Join us for a Half-Day Workshop presented by noted fundraising expert, Daniel Mansoor, MBA, Founder of Good Works Group.

· October 3rd, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

· Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Downtown Akron

· Recommended for Non-Profit CEO’s, Development Directors, Board Chairs, Fundraising Chairs, and more

· $35 early bird, $45 after 8/1/19

Click here to Register



JOG to Host National Conference

August 12, 2019 9:49 AM

JOG is proud to have been selected to host the 20th Annual Conference for the Alliance of Career Development Non-Profits (ACDN). The ACDN will bring together administrators and key staff of approximately 25 member agencies from across the country to the host hotel and conference headquarters, the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Akron.

The conference will kick off at 1:00 pm on Thursday, October 3rd with a half-day seminar presented by Dan Mansoor of GoodWorks entitled, "In the Donor's Mind: The Science of Giving", which is open to all local agencies and interested parties. Click here for registration information. Dan will offer great insight into how the Science of Giving can dramatically impact the effectiveness of your Fundraising efforts. A Welcome Reception for ACDN members only will follow at 5:30 pm, hosted at Jilly's Music Room, across from the hotel.

The conference continues Friday and Saturday, October 4th & 5th, and features days filled with best practices workshops from many of the top authorities on Non-Profit administration, and Career Development in Northeast Ohio. Friday includes at trip to Kent for tours of the Kent State University Fashion School and a Keynote address from the Executive Director of the Design Innovation Initiative, J.R. Campbell. Later Friday evening, the group travels to Medina to tour First Impression by JOG and enjoy an evening eating and socializing on Medina Square.

Saturday features a Keynote from Stark State College President, Dr. Para Jones, additional workshops, and the annual ACDN Members Meeting.

Career Development Conference coming March 20th

August 14, 2019 9:10 AM

Our annual Career Development Conference (CDC) will take place Wednesday, March 20th at the John S. Knight Center in Downtown Akron. Upwards of 200 JOG students will compete to earn the right to represent the region at the State CDC in April in Columbus. Competitions include Application Technique, Decision-Making, Employability Skills, Employment Interview, Employment Process, Program Cover Design, Public Speaking, Students for Service, Telephone Technique, and Video Presentation. Students have been developing these and other Soft-Skills throughout the academic year and are ready to impress more than 20 community professionals who have volunteered to serve as judges.

Twenty-year JOG veteran, Ron Whitmer will deliver the morning's Keynote Address, "What I've Learned...So Far". When students are not competing, they will attend a series of workshops including, Careers & Personal Branding and Personal Finance & Budgeting by a team of professionals from Synchrony Financial. Getting Hired- from The Insiders, which will feature: Jeff Witherite CFO from More Than Gourmet; Bryan Franczkowski, Market Manager with KeyBank; Norm Detrick, Owner of Reliable Snow Plowing; Tianna Goler, Owner/Operator of Sydney Ryan Too and Todd Caruthers, VP of Sales & Marketing at Superior Staffing will be moderated by Shon Christy from Shon Christy Social Media.

The Synchrony team consists of: Alyssa Burnett, Nina Caddell, Wanda Chenault, Ideeya Johnson, Diana Morse, Cassandra Morrow, Valerie Owens, Essence Robinson, Alesia Tibbs and Ebony Turner. Judges include: Don Smith, Darlene Snyder, Kim King, Elise Bigley, Jeff Felton, Rich Cole, Greg Morton, Catey Breck, Chris Brown, Lisa Mascellino, James Hamilton, Rita Hailey, Vicki Allen, Mark Fairhurst, Tom Craig, Jim Gill, Brian Coleman and Tom Knauer.

We thank all of our presenters and volunteer judges for making the event a highly anticipated one every year! And good luch to all of our student competitors!

First Impression Ribbon Cutting

August 12, 2019 9:48 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.