COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 71
April 2, 1999

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Jobs for Virginia Graduates (JVG) Grant Application Process
  Funds are available through the Department of Education's
  competitive grant application process to establish
  programs using the Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG)
  national model.  These  programs will be funded for local
  school divisions in the state, and the local program will
  carry the name Jobs for Virginia Graduates (JVG),
  consistent with a private foundation of the same name. 
  School divisions may apply for up to $20,000 and will be
  required to match the federal money dollar for dollar
  with local school funds and/or private funds.

  The primary mission of these programs will be to assist
  twelfth-grade youth who are economically disadvantaged
  and are not achieving in school to complete high school
  and find and retain quality jobs.  The school division
  must employ a job specialist, who will work directly with
  35-45 students who meet the program criteria.  School
  divisions may pool their resources to develop a regional
  application.

  School divisions interested in submitting applications in
  the next fiscal year (July 1, 1999 - June 30, 2000) must
  complete the forms in the grant application packet and
  submit them to Robert Almond at the Department of
  Education no later than May 14, 1999.  If additional
  information is needed regarding the program or the grant
  application, contact Elizabeth Hawa, Education
  Specialist, at (804)225-2836 or Barry Glenn, president of
  JVG, at (804)323-6766. 

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