Jobs for Delaware Graduates (JDG)
was organized in 1979 as a private, non-profit corporation designed to
prepare at-risk high school seniors to transition from school to work.
School personnel and the Delaware Private Industry Council
encouraged JDG to expand the program to include students in grades 9, 10, and 11. In 1992, JDG
piloted a Five-Year classroom program for students in Grades 9 through 12,
plus one year of work placement and training follow-up after graduation.
JDG established a partnership with James H. Groves Adult Educational
locations in 1989 to provide services to out-of-school youth in a
classroom setting. In 2005, JDG expanded once again partnering with the Department of Labor and James H. Groves High
Schools and Alternative Education sites to provide individualized services
to Out-of-School Youth, 16-21
years old, from Kent and Sussex counties. In 2010 a Middle School
Program was piloted in the Milford School District. The program is
intended to provide students in the 8th grade with the leadership skills
to effect positive behavior, improve academic achievement and,
ultimately, to ensure each student a successful transition to the 9th
grade. In 2012, the Middle School Program expanded to include 9
...students have the ability to learn and be successful when given the
right environment and encouragement.
...the success of JDG depends in the teamwork of the entire organization and utilization
of available resources.
students to learn and succeed by being positive role models.
setting for students is critical to personal, academic, career, and
opportunities in community and social growth and in leadership and
JDG’s program encourages acceptance of personal responsibility, and
habits of diligence and persistence.
...in the self-worth
of all individuals.