iJAG is modeled after the highly successful and nationally proven Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG). JAG is a non-profit youth development program, established in 1979, dedicated to helping at-risk young people graduate from high school and make successful transitions to post-secondary education or meaningful employment. Currently JAG is implemented in nearly 900 high schools, alternative schools, community colleges, and middle schools in 32 states across the country and in the United Kingdom. JAG's mission is to keep young people in school through graduation and provide work-based learning experiences that will lead to career advancement opportunities or to enroll in a postsecondary institution that leads to a rewarding career. JAG has served over 1,000,000 youths since its inception and is currently helping over 44,000 young people.
State organizations like iJAG are chartered by Jobs for America's Graduates. State organizations agree to fully implement the JAG Model and participate in JAG National Network Events. JAG conducts an extensive accreditation process of each Affiliate.