About Us

Since 1987, Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates (JOG), an affiliate of the nationwide Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) organization, has helped youth with multiple barriers to success complete their education and successfully transition to employment at a livable wage or post-secondary job training.

Dropout Prevention Services

Targeting high school students who are at-risk regarding graduation and/or making a successful transition to work. This program includes life skills, communication, and workforce development training, planned summer activities, and youth work experience opportunities throughout the program year. It also features an intensive 12-month follow-up for all program participants that includes monthly contact and career/post-secondary placement services.

Career Connections

Assistance for high school dropouts, those currently not enrolled in a formal education system and/or graduated youth lacking the occupational or basic skills needed to successfully enter the workforce at a livable wage. These clients strive to achieve a high school diploma or its education equivalent and/or marketable skills that include basic and occupational skills training along with a quality job. This programming includes one-on-one and group tutoring, life skills, soft skills, leadership, and workforce development training. Intensive 12-month follow-up is a core service for this population.

Work Experience Programming

Provides work experience programming for individuals. JOG has extensive experience with employer recruitment and job placement. We also offer a virtual summer academy utilizing a competency-based pathway approach to gain employability and soft skills along with engagement with employers.

Job Development Services

Works with adult Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients on job readiness skills and removal of barriers to employment. This also includes job placement.

JOG is committed to creating a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive (DE&I) organization and in the services we deliver to young people with multiple barriers to success.

JOG’s DE&I prioritizes five areas of focus:

1. Continued expansion of board representation with respect to diversity.

2. Continued focus on hiring diverse populations.

3. Continued and improved staff communication and training opportunities.

4. Continued and expanded program offerings specific to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

5. Community engagement and partnerships focusing moving the dial in the right direction on topics of diversity.

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Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates has met or exceeded the 5 national standards set by Jobs for America’s Graduates for academic success and employability.

JOG has served more than 30,000 at-risk youth since 1987.


Annually, JOG helps 1,000+ at-risk youth transitioning from school to work in Northeast Ohio.


JOG Performance Outcomes:


Graduated High School


Secured Job Placement


Secured Full-time Jobs


Experienced Positive Outcomes


Full-time Engagement

(Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2021)