South Mountain Community College Partners to Prepare Phoenix Youth to Become Leaders in the Community

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PHOENIX, AZ – South Mountain Community College (SMCC), in collaboration with the City of Phoenix – 2019 Jerome E. Miller (JEM) Summer Leadership Academy, introduced high school juniors and seniors to valuable lessons in civic engagement and college readiness during campus sessions from June 17-19.

Phoenix Union High School District students were selected to participate in the JEM Summer Leadership Academy and spent a week at SMCC getting a head start on college by taking a free, one-credit Political Science: Current Issues class on campus. Through the duration of the program, students also attended SMCC lessons in leadership, time management and goal setting.

The JEM Leadership Academy was founded by City of Phoenix, Office of City Manager in honor of Jerome E. Miller, former Deputy City manager, who worked more than 34 years in public service to the City of Phoenix, the State of Arizona and other government agencies. The summer academy was founded to help the future generation to dedicate their work to bring a positive change in their communities.

“South Mountain Community College is grateful to partner with organizations such as the JEM Academy” mentioned, Kyle Mitchell, SMCC Program Manager of the Office of the Vice President of Learning.  “It’s an amazing way to support the local youth within our community.”

Other organizations who helped make this opportunity possible for Phoenix Union students included College Depot at Phoenix Public Library, City of Phoenix-Office of City Manager, AZ @ Work, Neighborhood Services Department, National Forum for Black Public Administrators and Maricopa Community Colleges.

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