• Youth Leadership McDuffie Has Been Busy in October

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    October 31, 2019

    Youth Leadership McDuffie Has Been Busy in October!  

    On October 12, ten students participated in the Community Dinner Table event sponsored by Our Children's Village, Inc. In addition to volunteering to help make the event a success, students also were inspired by keynote speaker, Marcus Allen, a native of Thomson who currently serves as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Philadelphia.  Participants were engaged in frank, "dinner-style" discussions on preventing youth violence and delinquency in our community. 

    10th grade Youth Leadership 101 students engaged in an Effective Communication workshop held at the Thomson McDuffie County Library on Thursday, October 17.   Ms. Mikaela Thomas, Multimedia Producer for WFXG Fox 54 News, spoke to students about leadership and communication, as well as her career journey.  We were fortunate that Ms. Thomas, who grew up in Thomson brought along with her multimedia journalist Danielle Ledbetter,  who featured a story about YLMcD on the 54 Morning News.  Check the story out at https://www.wfxg.com/2019/10/21/youth-program-develops-future-leaders/ . The communication session served to complete module 2 of the JW Fanning Institute's Youth Leadership In Action curriculum. 
    Local Government Day is always a favorite for Youth Leadership McDuffie, and this year was no exception! Our 18 juniors and seniors spent the morning at the McDuffie County Government Center meeting with city and county leaders to gain a better understanding of how our local government system works.  Following the panel discussion with leaders, we enjoyed an informative "behind the scenes" tour of all the departments in the government center and the courthouse.  Assistant District Attorney, DeShayla Dixon spoke to students about the role of the district attorney and how our court system work.   After leaving the courthouse, students traveled to the McDuffie County Public Safety department for a delicious lunch provided by the McDuffie Sheriff's Department.  Here students learned the role of the sheriff and his department in our community and gained new insight into the many diverse roles the department plays in our community.  Additionally students were afforded an opportunity to see both the jail and 911 communications center.  Thank you to everyone who gave their time and knowledge to make Local Government Day a success! 
    Looking ahead to November, we have more awesome things in store.  On Tuesday, November 12, YLMcD students will be out in the community for Agriculture Day to learn first hand the vital impact that agriculture has our community.  YL101 students will meet on Thursday, November 20 to complete the "Appreciating Differences and Diversity" module.  
    As we move toward the holiday season, opportunities for volunteering, civic engagement and service abound.  If you have anything going on through your company or organization for which you need volunteers, you can email Angie Roberts at ylmcd1819@gmail.com, and our students will be glad to assist wherever possible.  
    Finally - if you or a representative of your company or organization would like to get involved with Youth Leadership McDuffie by speaking to our students, permitting us to visit or learn more about your company, or if you would like to contribute to providing lunch and snacks for one of our monthly sessions, please email Angie Roberts at ylmcd1819@gmail.com.

    Angie Roberts, Thomson High School, Career & Community Liaison
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