CLAYTON — Jobs for Northmont Grads (JNG) is a class that Northmont High school offers to seniors to learn more about employability skills, community service and help transition from high school to prepare for the next chapters in the student’s life.
The class helps students discover where they want to spend the next years in their life whether that may be straight into the workforce or studying for a degree to get the desired career. JNG offers many opportunities to give back to our community as well, with multiple community service projects throughout the year.
Early in the school year we participated in the United Rehabilitation Services Duck Regatta. In December we held a penny drive where we raised over $400 to provide presents to a family during the holidays, offering the first period class who raised the most money doughnuts and juice. We also designed holiday cards for Yes For Youth it was sent in to be judged and JNG student Danielle Petry won, and was awarded $50. Students also contributed to Habitat for Humanity and helped build a house in the community. Along with House of Bread, Bagging for Tips, homework club at Englewood Hills and Latchkey at Union Elementary our students are constantly finding ways to help out around the community.
In the beginning of March we began our Shamrock sale, selling shamrocks to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy and raised around $200. Our most recent community service project involved The Dayton United Rehabilitation Services where student volunteers went bowling with disabled and special needs adults. We spent the day helping them bowl, and sharing memorable smiles and laughs. It was a great experience for both the volunteers and the adults as well.
JNG student Destiny Griffitts said, “It was a great time and an amazing experience!”
After volunteering with the URS at the bowling event. JNG student Danielle Petry said, “I was nervous at first because I wasn’t sure what I was doing and it pushed me out of my comfort zone but it was really fun. The people were really nice and easy to talk to. It was definitely a fun and new experience and I’m glad I went.”
Another JNG student Tiffany Wilson said, “The experience was amazing! I felt that I could be happy and enthusiastic with the adults and children who we helped.”
We have a canned food drive planned which will begin when students return from spring break on April 11, donating non-perishable canned food items to The Dayton Foodbank. Along with those examples of community service, we have ongoing projects throughout the entire school year such as the Pop Tabs for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton, over the year we set a goal to fill our large N box with pop tabs and donate them once filled. JNG is a great opportunity to give back to the community and help those in need, along with developing skills that will be incredibly helpful in the years to come.
Not only does the community service work help others, but it is very beneficial to us students as well, getting to help people whether it’s providing them with a warm meal or building them a house the feeling that we receive after helping other people is like no other.