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Meet Avon's JAG National Champion

Meet Avon's JAG National Champion

For the first time in Avon High School's history, a Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) student has won a National Championship. Esther Bankole-Brown won first place for Employability Skills at the National JAG conference.

The national conference took place from April 18-20 in St. Louis, is the pinnacle experience for JAG youth. While there, students get to demonstrate their skills, explore the career options that are lining up in front of them, connect with employers, and create pathways for their futures.

"It's hard to put into words the pride and joy I feel for her," says AHS JAG Instructor Elena Stidham. "We cheered and cried, laughed and celebrated — I didn't doubt her success for a second — and I'm so happy that she's able to see her own successes now and grow into confidence. [Esther] may be a senior here at AHS, but this will not be the last time we hear her name, I just know it. I can't wait to see just how she'll thrive in adulthood, because I know she will."

What is JAG? JAG is a dynamic partnership between Avon Schools and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD). DWD provides direction and oversight to the program and even pays for instructors who are embedded in AHS and other locations across the state. This means that JAG is a cost-effective way for AHS to provide excellent opportunities to students.

Congratulations, Esther, for this incredible achievement!

Learn more about JAG. Poverty, mental health, unhoused living — today’s youth face tremendous barriers to success. In addition, 80% of students feel that high school doesn’t prepare them to join the workforce — and 77% of employers agree. JAG is a national, non-profit organization that empowers our youth with the skills and support to succeed in education, employment, and life. Learn more at


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