More than 225 Kansas high school students representing Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K) programs recently traveled to Topeka to visit the Kansas Statehouse. Students had the opportunity to meet and interact with legislators and receive Capitol tours.

JAG members from Newton visiting the capitol included Elijah Edwards, Linda Moyo, Krystyan Thomas and Kelly May. They were accompanied by their sponsor,  Tavis Leak II.

Moyo was part of a group that met Gov. Jeff Colyer. All of the Newton students were able to meet with Sen. Carolyn McGinn (R-Sedgwick).

JAG-K was recognized at 10 a.m. on the Kansas House of Representatives floor and at 2 p.m. on the Kansas Senate floor.

JAG-K is a multi-year program for students in grades seven through 12 that offers tools to successfully transition students into post-secondary school, the military or directly into the workforce with marketable skills. Participants in the program face multiple barriers to success. Kansas adopted the program in 2013.