Indiana's teen job program will be the largest in the nation after state budget increase

Indiana will now lead the nation with the largest teen job program.

Governor Pence recently signed the budget, adding 12-million dollars to the JAG program for the first time.

It's a federal program that helps at-risk teens stay in school and continue on to college.

At Clay High School in South Bend they're celebrating an award the school won at the JAG competition in Indianapolis.

JAG stands for Jobs for America's Graduates.

The program helps identify students who may be struggling to get through high school and gives them the tools to find internships and jobs and go on to college.

“It's helped me an extremely, a lot,” says JAG Clay High senior Darren Taylor. “I don't think I would have had a job without it because I wouldn't know what to do, what to wear going into an interview, any of that type of stuff.”

In Indiana nine-thousand students have participated in the program and 90-percent of them go on to continue their education in college.

“It’s to help us stay on the right path, to succeed,” says JAG Clay High senior Malcolm Cannon. “That's the best way to put it.”

With the extra state money, Indiana will double the number of classes being offered.

Students enrolled in the JAG program are identified and interviewed by a guidance counselor and must choose to be in the class.

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