Since August of 2010, JMG has partnered with the Portland-based LearningWorks, a nonprofit serving youth, immigrants, and low-income families.
The JMG Career Prep program at LearningWorks has complemented the Youth Building Alternatives (YBA) component of LearningWorks with mutual goals and methods that have been integrated successfully. YBA is an alternative education program for out-of-school youth who have faced barriers to success in the traditional high school environment. Students are expected to complete successfully the three main components of the program: including five core academic subjects, vocational instruction leading to a pre-apprenticeship certification training, and the JMG Career Prep program. The JMG Career Prep program concentrates on job attainment, job readiness, and job retention skills, as well as transitional and personal skills. A wide variety of JMG experiential projects provide a multitude of teaching and learning experiences for the student. Having a mentor and participating in a job shadow or internship is also a part of the student's experience at YBA-JMG.