A Montana Proposal for the Nation:

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Our Goal

We propose that every graduate of high school—with at least a year of National Service, paid internship, apprenticeship or college—and every graduate of two-year or four-year college/university, who is ready and able to work, shall be assured of a full-time job opportunity at a living wage.

Despite our country’s polarized politics, almost all of us agree on one thing: Our kids must be able to find jobs upon completing their education. Because without meaningful work, how does a young person build a foundation of experience, self-respect, and the ability to raise and support a family?

Core Documents

These two reports, the Executive Summary and Full Report, lay out our comprehensive approach.

Executive Summary


Full Report



Supplemental information supporting these documents, including a comprehensive cost benefit analysis, programs, resources, and a fully cited bibliography. 

Cost Benefit Analysis of American Jobs for America's Youth

Programs, Resources, and Citation

To make AJAY a living reality we, the American people, need to step up to the plate: We need to talk to our family, neighbors and friends, our community, business and church leaders, and local, state and federal officials. Get them fired up and on board! If you want to join the AJAY team, please write to us by filling out the form below and telling us what you can bring to the table. Send us your name and address, phone and email address. Together, we’ll create the national energy and will needed to bring AJAY to life across our great nation, and do what’s right  of America's Youth!­

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Tell us about your experience and how you would like to be involved.

Can We Actually Achieve Our Goal?

It’s a heavy lift. Count me in.
— Jim Hagenbarth, Rancher in Dillon, Montana
We can do this!
— Major General Gene Prendergast, Former Head of the Montana National Guard (ret.)

And in the doing we will help our nation rediscover its Founding sense of positive, unifying purpose—moving forward together!