Walmart has donated $15K to the Kansas chapter because it supports 36 employees who are also JAG-K students.
Walmart announced a $15,000 grant to Jobs for America’s Graduates – Kansas as part of its continuous commitment to investing in and supporting the communities it serves via local philanthropy, volunteerism, and community-building activities.
JAG-K, according to Walmart, is a multi-year in-school program for students in grades 6 through 12 that provides resources to help students move into post-secondary school, the military, or immediately into the job with marketable skills.
Nuru Abdallah, a Wyandotte High School senior, was voted president of the JAG-K Student Career Association in May, according to Walmart. It was stated that in this capacity, she will collaborate with leaders from throughout the state to influence the national organization’s future.
Walmart stated that Abdallah has spent the last year developing the abilities and attributes required for this leadership position while working at the Roeland Park Walmart.
She combines a part-time job and school, working largely as a cashier and in customer service, although the 17-year-old performs a range of duties.
Abdallah said: “I feel like I have grown a lot from the job, I’m much more focused on my future from interacting with adults and having to be responsible. I’m a people person. I love meeting new people. My co-workers are nice, and I enjoy interacting with the customers.”
Walmart stated that it presently employs 36 JAG-K participants in Kansas and gives annual grants to help them prepare for the future workforce.
Walmart’s Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations, Ryan Irsik, recently met with Abdallah and JAG-K President and CEO Cuck Knapp to give the contribution, according to the multinational superstore company.
Knapp said: “We appreciate Walmart recognizing and joining in the efforts of JAG-K to help students prepare for successful futures, Walmart’s financial support is an investment in the future workforce of Kansas that will change many lives.”
There are 81 JAG programs in Kansas, serving roughly 4,300 children in 43 school districts. For the Class of 2020, the programs have a reported graduation rate of 97 percent.
Irsik said, “At Walmart, we truly believe there is a path of opportunity for everyone to unlock their potential and enjoy a purpose-driven career,”.
Irshik said: “We are honored to support JAG-K because of the incredible work the organization does to partner with students across the state to help them overcome identified barriers and prepare for college or career pathways that will set them up for success in the future.”