The first draft of Waiting on Justin was written for the JAG students I worked with at the Wenatchee Valley Tech Center so it only made sense to include a JAG class in the story. That wasn't the only reason I put JAG into the book, though. I believe in the JAG program. I was honored to work within the Jobs for Washington program for a year and a half. The program does help kids, it gives them a voice and it makes a lasting impression on their lives.
My childhood was challenging and though I didn't have a JAG class or teacher to cling to, l remember how important my teachers and high school guidance counselor were to me. I'm proof that teachers make a difference in the lives of kids and JAG is working to bring a quality training and intervention program to the most high-risk students in America. I appreciate that the JAG model consults with corporate America and looks to the needs of our nation. The training they provide JAG specialists is real and relevant to our world today and the specialists can take that to the kids. But the program isn't just about training students, it about advocating for them and being a listening ear to kids who are often misunderstood and ignored.