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Middle School Programs

 JMG offers core and customized middle school programs across the
 state. While each program is tailored to fit the needs of students and
 our school partners, all share common factors of competency- and
 experiential-based curriculum delivered by a student-centered JMG
 Specialist, who tracks the outcomes of their program.

Middle School Core Program

 The middle school core program helps students develop communication,
 team-building, leadership, and problem-solving skills through project
 work and adventure-based activities. It includes a hands-on community
 service component, teaching students about the importance of giving
 back. The middle school program is unique because it is the only
 program targeted to this age group that acknowledges and provides
 continued support for students as they transition from middle school
 into high school.

 A full-time JMG Specialist is trained, supported, and employed by JMG.
 As a guest of the host school, the JMG Specialist delivers
 competency-based model curricula to 40 to 50 students per core
 program, allowing for smaller class sizes. Each partnering school
 establishes a JMG Advisory Board, including participation from
 teachers, guidance counselors, and administration.

 Critical to the success of JMG program is the relationship established
 between the student and the JMG Specialist. Through classroom
 instruction and a student-centered personalized learning approach, JMG
 Specialists help students reach their fullest potential through
 academic support and building skills to ensure students are successful
 beyond middle school. Students have the opportunity to learn critical
 skills in leadership, teamwork, written communications, public
 speaking, time management, personal finance, work habits, and career
 development. The JMG model also includes community service and
 philanthropic components, teaching students about the importance of
 good citizenship and giving back.

 All students participate in the JMG Council, a student-led
 organization that offers additional opportunities to create a sense of
 belonging and to put skills into action. Council members elect
 officers and all students serve on committees. There are four areas of
 concentration: leadership development; civic awareness; social
 awareness; and career exploration.

 JMG’s model utilizes experiential-based education through extended
 learning opportunities, including statewide student enrichment
 activities, participation in student shadow days at the Maine State
 Legislature, and onsite company tours. JMG’s extensive connections to
 Maine’s employers and community leaders are an important part of
 achieving successful results on behalf of our students. By visiting
 our classrooms and volunteering at student enrichment events, JMG's
 more than 200 business partners and community leaders help to expose
 students to Maine’s diverse network of employers and career

 As a results-driven organization, JMG vigilantly tracks and responds
 to the outcomes of our programs, always keeping students at the center
 of the educational process. JMG has a best-in-class outcome data
 information system. These outcomes, such as graduation rate, continued
 education rate, retention rate, and GPA, allow us to evaluate the
 effectiveness of the program.

 A unique service of JMG that distinguishes our program from others, is
 our commitment to formal follow-up support of students. Through
 follow-up, JMG Specialists continue to serve students for a minimum of
 12 months after completing middle school. During this period,
 Specialists provide guidance and mentoring to ensure a smooth
 transition into high school.

 Middle School Customized Programs

 In addition to our core program, JMG collaborates with our middle
 school partners to offer programming focused on career preparation and
 financial literacy. These unique programming opportunities can be adapted 
 to meet the needs of the students and the partner school.