Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders: Tohono O'odham High School JAG Students Shine

October 6, 2023

On September 21, 2023, a momentous change in leadership unfolded within the heart of the Tohono O'odham Nation. About 40 miles west of Sells, at the Tohono O'odham High School, history was in the making. Hundreds of Tohono O’Odham tribal members, alongside representatives from the city of Tucson and Mexico, gathered to celebrate the inauguration of Chairman Verlon Jose and Vice Chairwoman Carla Johnson. However, this event held a significance that reached beyond just the changing of the guard. It showcased the incredible impact of the Tohono O’odham High School Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates (JAG) program and its students.

The Tohono O'odham High School JAG program has always been about more than just academic and career success. It’s a platform designed to cultivate leadership, instill a sense of responsibility, and provide valuable real-world experiences for JAG students. So when the JAG students were asked to help support this event, they stepped up to the plate to ensure the event was a success.

To prepare for the inauguration, the JAG students helped clean the school's auditorium, setting up chairs, and setting up the amazing spread of food for the post-inauguration gathering. And during the event, they greeted guests with warm smiles and ushered attendees to their seats. Their dedication and professionalism were on full display that day!

The benefits of involving these young leaders allowed the JAG students to witness firsthand the power of leadership within their community. They saw Chairman Verlon Jose and Vice Chairwoman Carla Johnson promise to serve the Tohono O'odham Nation. The long-term impact of this experience on the students is immeasurable. They have been inspired to dream bigger and reach higher and now carry a sense of pride and responsibility for their community's future, knowing that they, too, can contribute to positive change.

We’re proud of the Tohono O'odham High School JAG students for playing a pivotal role in making this event a success! These young individuals will carry the lessons learned and the inspiration gained from this experience with them as they continue to shape the future of the Tohono O'odham Nation.

As we celebrate the remarkable impact of the Tohono O'odham High School JAG program on the inauguration of Chairman Verlon Jose and Vice Chairwoman Carla Johnson, we also consider the broader implications of such initiatives. The success of these young leaders and the soft skills gained through their involvement in this historic event underscores the need for JAG programs on every high school campus.

To ensure that every student has the opportunity to develop leadership skills, gain real-world experience, and contribute to their communities, we urge you to reach out to your school administrators and advocate for a JAG program in your local high school. Together, we can empower our youth to become leaders today so they are prepared for tomorrow.

If you'd like more information on how to bring a JAG program to your school or community, please contact us at info@jagaz.org. Let's work together to create a brighter future for all our young leaders in Arizona!

Author:
Nicole Porter
Director of Marketing & Communications
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