On Tuesday, February 25, and Tuesday, March 11, 60 students from iJAG programs across Iowa visited the Capitol. Their goal, to share with state legislators their stories of how iJAG changed their lives. To most of them, without iJAG, they would not be on the path to graduation and fulfilling their dreams.
The current Iowa State Budget has only $540,000 allocated to iJAG for the upcoming year, down from the $670,000 granted to the organization last year.
For the past several years, the Iowa Legislature, in partnership with Governor Brandstad, have supported the growth of iJAG programs statewide. iJAG is seeking $1 Million to help with the continued growth of the program into communities with expressed need. For every dollar invested by the Governor and Iowa Legislature, iJAG can successfully leverage $1.85 from private and local supporters. Collectively this will support the start-up of 10 new iJAG programs, and assure that up to 500 additional students obtain their basic academic credentials.
iJAG is asking for the legislature to help us with continued growth in funding of programs in all high schools in Iowa which have students needing and wanting iJAG who can benefit from the program.