Students in Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates will lead their communities in a Walk for Awareness on Friday.

In the Quad-Cities, iJAG students from the Davenport, Rock Island and East Moline programs will hold a kickoff for their awareness walk at 10 a.m. Friday at Modern Woodmen Park, 209 S. Gaines St., Davenport. Students will share their success stories with the local business community. Deere & Co. will receive an appreciation award for the support the company provided to start and support iJAG programs in the Quad-Cities.

As the students walk through the community, their route will include local businesses and offices of legislators and community leaders where students will share their success stories.

Since iJAG began 13 years ago, the program has graduated more than 7,600 students boasting a 93 percent graduation rate. The program partners in 15 communities across Iowa to support 29 iJAG in-school programs. Specialists work with students during the school year and summer months on academics, career skills, leadership and career guidance. The program works with those students for a year after high school as they transition to college or enter the work force.

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All four high schools in the Davenport Community School District — Central, North and West and the Kimberly Center Alternative High School — have iJAG programs to support students who may be at risk of dropping out of school.