New officers were recently installed to help lead the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program at Michigan City High School.
In a ceremony held at the school last week, 11 new officers were inducted into office, including Malkiyel Woodard, who will be president during this school year.
The JAG Program is offered to MCHS students through a partnership with WorkOne and the Center for Workforce Innovations. The program helps students prepare for the future by focusing on four goals – leadership development, career preparation, civic awareness and social awareness.
Other officers sworn in this year are Jesseniah Thomas, Vice President of Leadership Development; Derrion Wilcoxon, Vice President of Career Development; Garry Mitchell, Vice President of Social Awareness; E’Laisha Kelly, Vice President of Civic Awareness; Mackenzie Rojas, Vice President of Community Service; Destiny Meneweather, Secretary; Stephanie Rich, Treasurer; Halle Hood, Reporter; Aubrey Temple-Lebuis, Web Designer; and Hope Davis-Bey, Art Coordinator.
During the installation ceremony, JAG members recited the Creed of the Career Association, which includes, among other principles, a belief in the importance of establishing career goals, taking responsibility for productive work, and the development of the whole person .
As one of two keynote speakers for the ceremony, Dr. Felicia Brumfield, a physical therapist and Gary native, told the students of the JAG program to remember this belief in the years to come because the values it sets forth will continue to guide them.
“They are values that keep you on track. They are what motivate us and keep us on track,” she said. “Without values, we can easily be controlled.”
Dominique Smith, Regional Coordinator for the JAG program, also spoke during the installation ceremony, saying that this belief sets JAG students apart from other students.
“My expectations of you are higher than other students at Michigan City High School,” she said. “I expect a lot from you because you have access to so many resources – college resources, professional resources – and this is what will get you ahead in life.”
More information about Indiana’s JAG program is available at https://www.indianacareerready.com/JAG, or by contacting MCHS JAG Instructor Ray Davis at [email protected]