Swansea High School JAG Students
2013 Student Group Champions
Jobs for America’s Graduates is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students focus on academic success and career readiness. In more than 30 years, JAG has helped nearly three-quarters of a million young people graduate high school, pursue postsecondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities. The JAG program at Swansea High School in rural Lexington County helps students learn the soft skills they will need in the workforce while giving back to their community. Even though many of the kids themselves are struggling, they started a food pantry at the school, which helps feed 60 to 65 families biweekly, and the entire school participates in canned food drives to help stock it. The JAG students help out at Families Helping Families during the Christmas season, and they started a school pledge drive to encourage their classmates not to text and drive. They pass out ribbons at school for breast cancer awareness and they participate in the Palmetto Health Foundation Walk for Life. They host a school Red Ribbon week with guest speakers speaking about drugs and their dangers, and they attend the annual “End the R Word” rally for Special Olympics at the State House. They also have just started a program mentoring middle school students, encouraging them to stay in school as well.