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Pine City Ambassadors: A Success Story

The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the 2011 graduating class of Pine City Ambassadors for their hard work and dedication throughout their term. The group consisted of 15 seniors from the Jackson area who were selected based on academics, citizenship, leadership and character.

"I am excited about the wonderful adventures that life holds for the ambassadors. They all have the opportunity to continue to learn and build upon the leadership, citizenship and academic excellence they have already exemplified. We wish them much success in their future endeavors," said Chamber Director LaShaunda Holly.

The nine month junior leadership program is designed to develop youth leadership skills that will enable the high school seniors to work and serve their community collaboratively. Each month the students joined their peers in various locations for dynamic afternoons designed to provide them with opportunities for personal growth. Speakers were invited from all over the state to facilitate the meetings.

The workshop topics included in this year's term included an Orientation, Beginning Retreat, Leadership Enhancement I & ll, Public Safety Day, Local Government and Economic Development. The ambassadors also assisted with the Chambers Back To School Breakfast, Annual Meeting, Fall Festival, Christmas Parade, Spring Jubilee and Spring Clean-Up.

"I would also like to thank Mayor Long and the city council members for their continuous support of our program; to the parents for allowing us to work with such fine young men and women; and to this years advisor Clint Brown," said Holly.

All of the ambassadors have successfully completed the program and each one will receive a $650 scholarship to the college/university of their choice. The students are as follows:

Jackson High School- Gavin Bendolph, Jordan Breedlove, Kayla Bryant, Kasey Garrick, Hannah Green, Ranse Hare, Sophia Hussain, Erin Jackson, Sha’Keidria Lofton and Halle Robinson. Jackson Academy- J.P. Allen, Taylor Goldman, Ashton McCully. Leroy High School- Marie Curry. Solid Rock Christian School- Rebekah Kendrick.

Chamber seeks new Pine City Ambassador recruits for 2011-2012

Pine City Ambassador Junior Leadership Program Application

The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce is currently recruiting participants for the Pine City Ambassador Junior Leadership Program.

The program is designed to develop youth leadership skills that will enable the students to work and serve their community. Students from diverse backgrounds gain an expanded knowledge of their communities, develop new relationships, and acquire skills in order to assure a more active and effective volunteer role.

The monthly workshops are facilitated by a faculty of experienced community leaders and professionals. A variety of learning methods including tours, onsite visitations, presenters, role-playing and skills practice sessions are incorporated.

Topics throughout the nine-month program include Leadership Skills Development I & II, Business & Industry Day, Local Government, Public Safety Day and Economic Development. Students also attend a one-day retreat to get acquainted as the ambassador "team" and participate in team building activities.

The students also assist with the Chamber’s special events. These include the Back to School Breakfast, Annual Meeting, Fall Festival, Christmas Parade, Spring Clean-Up and Graduation.

"The objective of the program is to build awareness of the current challenges and opportunities that exist in our community. The students become passionate about working with one another to step forward and assume leadership roles in our area." said Chamber Director, LaShaunda Holly.

Jackson High School, Jackson Academy and Leroy High School received applications for the program this week and will begin distribution immediately to interested students. Any student who is a junior is eligible to apply for the program.

All application packets must be returned or postmarked by Wednesday, May 11th to the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Selection Committee will review the applications and choose a group of finalists to be interviewed. Each school will be granted positions in the program based on Junior class (11th Grade) enrollment. There are 16 students selected to participate in the program.

The 2011-2012 program will run from July 2011 through April 2012

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