From staff reports
MILLEDGEVILLE — The Mayor’s Commission on Youth Leadership program kicked off with an investiture ceremony in mid November for the 2013 class made up of 20 area high school students who were recommended to the program for demonstrating leadership skills.
This year’s commission students are in grades nine through 12, including Chelyse Abrams, Jalessia Clark, Shanbriel Collins, Eula Hurst, Qadur Jones, Maya Mapp, Jazilyn Robinson, DeJanaye Scott, Marquantis Stewart, Joy Trawick, Keianna Waller and Kentrez Worthen.
Program students were recommended by individuals from Georgia Military College Prep School, Georgia College Early College, YES (Youth Enrichment Services) Program, High Achievers Program, Dads of Great Students (DOGS) and 100 Black Men of Milledgeville Oconee Area Chapter.
Mayor Richard Bentley initiated each student into the program with lapel pins as proud parents and family members snapped photographs.
Students will meet with Cleveland once a week after school to work on their visionary project topic- teen violence and abuse.
A field trip to the state capital is in the planning stages to allow students to meet state-level governmental officials and see first-hand the inner-workings of government.
The Mayor’s Commission will next meet in the City Hall chambers at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 and continue to meet once a month to hear and discuss various issues with the Mayor and other local leaders until the program concludes in May.
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