Awards and Recognition

JMG is proud of the awards and recognition received for the work we collaboratively accomplish with staff and students.

National Awards

Best Program in the Nation 

JMG has been named the "Best Program in the Nation" by Jobs for America's Graduates for exceeding national outcome standards for 24 consecutive years.


Maine Awards

JMG Executive VP Receives Statewide Leadership Award

Kim Lipp was honored by the Maine Women's Fund, receiving the 2019 Leadership Award for helping shape the future of Maine for more than 15 years.

2019 Presidents Volunteer Service Award

JMG is proud to share that Caribou High School specialist Dr. Val Waldemarson has received the 2019 Presidents Volunteer Service Award. "Through your dedicated service you have ensured the continuation of America's unparalleled commitment to improving the lives of others."

JMG Specialist Wins Prestigious Fulbright Scholarship

Morse High School specialist Maria Morris was awarded The 2019 Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program Scholarship. Recipients of Fulbright scholarships are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

2019 Spirit of America Award

Caribou High School specialist Dr. Val Waldemarson received the City of Caribou's Spirit of America Award for exemplary citizenship, outstanding achievement, and honor brought upon the community.

College Success Specialist Honored with Shining Star Award

University of Maine Fort Kent specialist Susan Dubay accepted the 2019 TRIO Shining Star Award, which honors academic leaders who go above and beyond to support students who face challenges.

JMG Manager receives JAG National Network Award

Assistant Director of Operations Tracie Travers was presented with the 2019 JAG National Network Award for her commitment to trauma-informed care and resilience.

Aroostook Achieve Award

The 2019 Aroostook Achievers Award honoring upcoming professionals was presented to Caribou High School specialist Dr. Val Waldemarson by Momentum Aroostook

Victor Esposito Named Outstanding Professional

Vassalboro Community School specialist Victor Esposito was presented with the 2018 Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Professional award for being a "tireless advocate for children". The Chamber president said, "His passion is contagious and his new ideas keep coming. He has a passion for what he does and it shines through.”

Education at Work Award

JMG was honored to receive the Finance Authority of Maine's 2018 Education at Work Award for the work it has done on issues vital to a young person’s economic self-sufficiency, such as postsecondary education and employment.

Person of the Year

Caribou High School JMG specialst Dr. Val Waldemarson was named the Bangor Metro's 2018 Person of the Year. Val was singled out as "a person with an outstanding commitment to bettering the Pine Tree State by providing significant leadership and contributions to her community."

JMG Specialists Inducted into Educators Hall of Fame

Three JMG Specialists were selected as Maine Educators Hall of Fame Starting 9 Inductees for 2017. Tara Houle of Sanford Junior High School; Stephany Perkins of Madison Area Memorial High School; and, Tara Poole of Shead High School. Sponsored by Unum and the Portland Seadogs, this award recognizes nine teachers each year for their extraordinary efforts in the classroom.

Community Service Kenney Award winner for 2017

JMG was presented with the Kennebec Valley Chamber's Community Service Award in recognition of the many hours of service our students provide to charities throughout central Maine. For the very first time, the winner was chosen in a live vote by 700 guests at the Chamber's annual gala.

JMG Students Recognized by Margaret Chase Smith Library

Every year, JMG students provide more than 35,000 hours of community service to local charities. The Margaret Chase Smith Library has chosen to recognize JMG students in several of our high school programs for the work they do to make their communities a better place to live.

Friend of Youth in Care Award for Leadership in Improving the Lives of Youth in Foster Care

JMG was recognized by YLAT for making a commitment to, advocating for, leading on behalf of, and being a positive role model for youth in care.

Education Leadership Award 

The Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education awarded JMG the Weston L. Bonney Education Leadership Award. The award is presented to those who show "commitment, vision and courage in support of Maine students."

Maine Jumpstart Educator of the Year Award

Caribou High School JMG specialist Dr. Val Waldemarson was named 2018 Educator of the Year by Maine Jumpstart for the personal finance work she has accomplished with Maine students.

Best Places to Work in Maine 

JMG was recognized as one of 40 Best Places to Work in Maine in 2017 by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), Best Companies Group, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Employment Times/MyJobWave.com, and Mainebiz.

Community Spirit Award 

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine presented JMG with the Brendan Batson Community Spirit Award in recognition of all the JMG students who have contributed to the Foundation's cause over the years.

Giraffe Award 

JMG was honored to receive the Giraffe Award from the Maine Children's Alliance for "sticking its neck out" for Maine's children, youth, and families.

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy for Maine 

The students of JMG were awarded Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy for Maine by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Northern New England, recognizing the students' commitment to their communities through financial support and development of charitable programs.

Champion of Economic Development 

JMG was named a "Champion of Economic Development" by the Maine Development Foundation for its commitment to Maine's economic growth.