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Northern Michigan Students Attend 2022 National Leadership Event

December 20, 2022

Students in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program coordinated by Northwest Michigan Works! attended the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) National Student Leadership Academy (NSLA) December 1 –3 in Washington, D.C. The NSLA is a capstone leadership experience for National Career Association state officers and local chapter leaders providing unique experiences through experiential learning, real-world applicability, and networking. 400 youth from around the U.S. attended the event and just eight youth from each state were selected to attend through a competitive process.

The northern Michigan students attending the National Leadership Academy were Northwestern Michigan College students Sereta Feger and Kayla Wittkop, North Ed Automotive Tech student El Reid, and 2022 Pellston High School graduate Jocelyn Thomson. In addition to leadership development, the students explored our Nation’s Capital, visited with leaders on Capitol Hill, participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, and saw the sights during the Twilight Monument Tour. JMG staff members Lisa Baldyga and Tracy Beckley accompanied the students.

Northwest Michigan Works! is proud to partner with Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) in serving the region’s youth. JMG is the leading program of Youth Solutions, Inc., a premier youth opportunity organization on a mission to equip young people with the skills to overcome barriers and win in education, employment, and as citizens. The JMG program consists of a comprehensive set of services designed to help young people achieve education and career goals. The purpose of this program is to inspire and connect youth to achieve a future beyond imagination.

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- Mark Heydlauff, Charlevoix City Manager