Each year, JA is proud to have several students chosen to participate in youth leadership programs across the Jackson metropolitan area. This year Trussell Jones, Charles Beneke, and Mary Mitchell have all been inducted into the Youth Leadership Jackson program. Chloe Owens has been chosen to serve on the Mayor’s Youth Council. Blaine Bowman and Maggie Smith have been selected for the Madison County Youth Leadership Class. Meredith McClellan and Grace Gebhart have been named Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce Junior Diplomats.
Each program has its own goals of inspiring students to become better leaders, business people, and upstanding citizens who give back to their communities. Through various workshops, seminars, community service projects, and adult-leader interaction, these students receive training and increased awareness on the positive effects of exemplary leadership as well as leadership opportunities in their respective communities. An important emphasis is placed on education and community service in each of these programs.