Tri County Jobs for Ohio's Graduates

aka Jobs For Ohio's Graduates   |   Akron, OH   |  http://www.jogworks.org

Mission

Tri-County Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates (JOG) is an affiliate of the nationwide Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) organization that assists at-risk youth through dropout prevention and recovery programs to complete their education and successfully transition to employment at a livable wage or enroll post-secondary job training. JOG utilizes the national JAG model and competency-based curriculum focusing on employability skills, graduation, and a successful transition to employment or post-secondary training.

Ruling year info

1987

Executive Director

Mr. Chris Canova

Main address

1333 Home Ave

Akron, OH 44310 USA

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Formerly known as

JOG-Akron

EIN

31-1204720

NTEE code info

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to United Way of Summit & Medina's research, students have an 80% graduation rate with only 24% being career or college ready. A disproportionate percentage of dropouts, often unemployed, are youth who are less educated, low-income families and persons of color. The impact of COVID has further marginalized this at-risk population. The social and economic costs of dropouts are enormous: lost wages and tax revenue, increased Medicaid and healthcare, costs, and costs of incarceration and crime. Summit Education Initiative (SEI) data shows that only 45% of students are rated as ‘proficient’ in college/career readiness. Those rates drop to 12% and 42% for African American and Hispanic students, respectively. According to SEI, just by increasing the percentage of Summit County residents earning an associate degree or higher from 38 percent to 50 percent will help create an economic engine that will continue to accelerate our community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Schools-to-Careers

School-to-Careers are 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.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Unemployed people
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

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.

Population(s) Served

We specialize in providing 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.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adolescents

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

Population(s) Served
Young adults
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people
Young adults
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people
Young adults
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

Where we work

Accreditations

Jobs for America's Graduates 2019

Affiliations & memberships

Jobs for America's Graduates 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants who gain employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Adolescents, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people

Related Program

Schools-to-Careers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of program participants who receive a secondary school diploma or GED

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Adolescents, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Students

Related Program

Schools-to-Careers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

JOG serves 1,000+ at-risk and out of school youth, ages 14-24, annually. Those eligible for graduation/GED attainment is a portion of annual program participants.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Engage, serve, and produce positive outcomes using the JAG model for 1,000+ enrolled participants in JOG programming in Summit, Medina, Stark and Trumbull Counties.
2. 90% of JOG's in-school participants will graduate high school; 50% of JOG's out-of-school participants will attain their GED
3. 70% of youth will demonstrate competence in 37 core employment skills; 20 core skills for out-of-school population.
4. 100% of JOG program participants will receive a minimum of 12 months of intervention and follow-up services to support on-the-job success.

JOG will provide evidence-based intervention services (academic, counseling, employment readiness, leadership and career development, job and post-secondary educational placement) to 1,000+ at-risk and out of school youth, between the ages of 14 and 24 in Summit, Stark, Medina and Trumbull Counties. Our Jobs for America's Graduates model promotes graduation rates and a positive transition to career and/or post-secondary opportunities.

Opportunity gaps for each student are identified while developing their individualized service plan. The Career Specialist and student design a plan that will work to close or eliminate these gaps by securing resources. The holistic, wrap-around approach implemented in all JOG programs was designed specifically as a result of so many students having opportunity gaps that could not be resolved by employment alone. JOG has successfully been implementing the wrap-around approach for several years and has seen a difference in the level of success students can reach when social determinant barriers are removed.

Our evidenced-based program model is effective. We aim to maximize our engagement with students and stakeholders so that we may build long lasting relationships. These relationships are founded in transparency, commitment, accountability, and follow-through. We drive positive outcomes through these relationships and utilize the JAG model and competency-based curriculum. JAG’s national curriculum includes more than 85 competencies in the following categories Career Development, Job Attainment, Job Survival, Basic, Leadership and Self Development, Personal Skills, Life Survival, Work Place, and Economic Empowerment. We measure most everything we do so that we may be responsive to trends, needs and changing economies. To this end, we also realize that community collaboration is essential to success. JOG is a piece to the puzzle that can produce change and it is a part of our responsibility to identify the other pieces that can provide opportunity for our kids.

Since 1987, JOG has used JAG’s evidenced-based curriculum including 85+ employability competencies to help at-risk and out of school youth complete their education and successfully transition to employment at a livable wage or enroll post-secondary job training. We have met, or exceeded, our national standards for (1) Graduation Rate, (2) Job Placement Rate, (3) Obtained Full-Time Placement, (4) Experienced Positive Outcome Rate, and (5) Full-Time Engagement-work/college for more than 20 years.

As an affiliate of the national Jobs for America's Graduates organization, JOG uses the JAG model, and as such, has 5 national standards that JOG has met or exceeded for the past 23 years. JOG's 30-year averages for achieving the following national successes: Graduation Rate of 91.6%, Employment Rate of 64.5%, Full-time Jobs Rate of 68.8%, Full--time Engagement Rate of 84% (combination of work/college that equals full-time commitment) and a total positive outcome rate of 82.4%. All JOG programs are held to these national evidence-based standards that have been reviewed for the past 30 years.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Leadership Development and Career Development Conferences feedback affect the type of activities, speakers and modify format. Specifically, creating virtual competitions, seminars and panels for our young adults to participate.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Tri County Jobs for Ohio's Graduates

Board of directors
as of 12/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jason Belot

Ernst & Young LLP

Term: 2018 - 2022

Trish Dillinger

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/23/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/23/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.