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Former Prime Time Participant Inspires Maple Heights ECAC High School

After nine years in the U.S. Navy, special recognition from President Barack Obama, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, Information System Technician First Class Evan Jackson has come a long way since his days in Y.O.U.’s Prime Time program. Now, armed with real-world knowledge and experience, Evan is giving back to the organization he credits as an integral part of his success.

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Achieving Success One Case at a Time

Y.O.U.’s Case Managers are creating a culture of encouragement, empowerment, and success for participants in the Day One program. Day One is designed for young adults 17-24 who have graduated high school but are not enrolled in further study or employed. Participants receive training to earn an industry-recognized credential and an internship or job in their selected career path.

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JOG Graduate Sets His Sites on Mercyhurst University

When Adrien Grant stepped to the microphone to deliver his award-winning speech at the Youth Career Olympics Victory Celebration, he knew what he wanted to do; inspire his fellow competitors to take small steps that can lead to big bonuses in life.

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Congratulations, Graduates! JOG Students Collect Diplomas

High school graduation is a significant milestone for any graduating senior but especially for those students who’ve worked particularly hard to overcome personal and educational barriers to claim their diplomas. At high schools in Cleveland, East Cleveland, Painesville, Maple Heights, and Euclid, Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates (JOG) students are walking the stage and moving their graduation cap tassels from right to left.

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Glenville High School's Adrien Grant Wins First Place in Public Speaking

Every year, Youth Career Olympics concludes with the first place winner of the Public Speaking event presenting their speech to an auditorium full of students, sponsors, volunteers, and community members. Adrien Grant, a Glenville High School senior, took top honors in Public Speaking and wowed the audience with his powerful message of getting ahead by getting started.

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Student Perspective: JOG at Euclid High School

As a Euclid High School sophomore, Darion Shepherd was nervous, reserved, and quiet when he first stepped into a JOG Program classroom filled with seniors.  “There were a lot of seniors, and they were loud. Back then, I was quiet.  I didn’t really talk a lot. Then I got comfortable and realized the program was really good, and I became more open, and I started talking more.”

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