Our Statement

Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates (JOG) will instill in its clients the knowledge, skills, values, attitudes and habits necessary to become successful, contributing members of American society.

The organization will further facilitate the advancements of its clients through a planned program which:

  1. Focuses first on the completion of high school or its educational equivalent.
  2. Anticipates and responds to regional employment trends,
  3. Brokers positive relationships in both the public and private sectors, and
  4. Becomes a telling presence in the communities in which it resides to more ably advocate the mutual needs of the community and the clients that it serves.


JOG Achievements

  • National High Performance Award - 19 Consecutive years for Graduation and Jobs
  • Youth Program Excellence Award - Workforce Investment Act State of Ohio
  • Numerous Above and Beyond Awards -Jobs for America’s Graduates

Current News

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He's Back, Yalden Returns To JOG

Award-winning youth motivational speaker, Jeff Yalden is returning to JOG to re-connect with and inspire our students from Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Medina, and surrounding communities during our annual Leadership Development Conference (LDC) on Wednesday, November 11th at the John S. Knight Center in Downtown Akron.

While serving in the United States Marine Corps in 1992, Jeff decided to start his work with teens. Since then, he has spoken in all 50 states and 48 different countries. Over four million people have heard him share his encouraging message "live".

Jeff is known to many as a Teen Life Coach, from the MTV series MADE. Additionally, he has authored several books and acted as radio host of, "The Jeff Yalden Show".

This will be Yalden's third appearance in front of a JOG audience, having previously won accolades for his keynotes at the 2008 LDC and at our 2010 Career Development Conference.

In addition to the buzz created by Jeff Yalden's return, JOG will proudly honor several local military veterans in respect of November 11th being Veteran's Day. The United States Military has provided this nation with some of its finest leaders, and JOG is happy to acknowledge that fact at our LDC!

The LDC will expose our youth to many aspects of leadership. Each attendee will participate in workshops highlighting those aspects. An exciting line-up of workshop presenters is being finalized as of this writing. Check back soon for an update.

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JOG Annual Career Development Conference

Akron, OH, March 16, 2015: The Jobs for Ohio's Graduates (JOG) annual Career Development Conference will be held on Tuesday, April 14th at the John S. Knight Center in Downtown Akron. Nearly 200 youth from JOG programs in Summit, Medina, Stark and Cuyahoga Counties are expected to represent their schools and organizations. They will participate in 11 career competitions, demonstrating competencies attained through their involvement with the JOG program over the past year. The top two finishers in each event will qualify for the JOG State Career Development Conference on Monday, May 4th in Columbus. Competitive events include:

  • Employability Skills
  • Decision-Making
  • Employment Interview
  • Public Speaking
  • Telephone Technique
  • Application Technique
  • Program Cover Design
  • Students for Service
  • Visual Display
  • Team Challenge
  • Employment Process

Professionals from the business community of Northeast Ohio play a vital part in the event, volunteering their time and expertise as judges for the various competitions. Dr. Matt Deevers, Senior Research Associate with Summit Education Initiative will give a brief, inspirational Keynote Address at 9:15 am, before the youth are released to their competitive events. Three career-building workshops are offered during the time the youth are not in their competitions. The day concludes with an Awards Luncheon beginning at 12:15 pm, featuring a recitation by the First Place finisher in Public Speaking of their award winning speech.

JOG is in its 28th year serving youth who are at-risk of dropping out of school, have already dropped out of school, or require additional help successfully completing the transition from high school to the workforce, and/or post-secondary education.

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Annual Job Fair a Big Success

Our 3rd Annual Youth Job Fair for Seasonal Employment was held on Thursday, March 5th at the JOG Medina Youth Resource Room (MYRR). Nearly 150 young job seekers from Medina County schools and elsewhere visited with 15 community-minded employers who were looking to fill staffing needs for the summer. Thirty two youth were offered employment the same day according to a survey returned by the employers! More than 100 were offered interviews. Our thanks to the employers for helping us help youth. This years' attendees included:

  • Asplundh Tree Expert Company
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Dog Gone Crazy
  • Elmcroft of Medina
  • Giant Eagle
  • Lamphear's Lawn Service
  • Lowe's
  • McDonald's
  • Pilot Flying J
  • Rinky Dink
  • SFS Intec
  • The Reserves Network
  • United States Army
  • Wendy's
  • Weymouth Country Club

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