Middle school and high school student leaders from across the state were recognized today at the annual LEAD Montana Conference in Helena.
The conference for Jobs for Montana’s Graduates (JMG) students offered workshops to teach leadership, team building, and networking skills.
JMG is a program offered through Montana schools where students take the lead on planning projects centered on civic responsibility, leadership, social interaction, academic performance and professionalism.
This year’s conference had the largest attendance, yet with 325 students participating.
Montana’s Lt. Governor Mike Cooney spoke at the awards luncheon and said it’s an honor to recognize the state’s future leaders.
Cooney added that he loves having the opportunity to impart some aged wisdom upon the kids and truthfully learns just as much from them each year.
JMG alumnus and this year’s keynote speaker Cory Buckley said that the program was invaluable to his success in the workforce.
“It does help so many students, it helped me tremendously,” said Buckley, “I know that its changing lives, it’s helping people and I just think we need to get behind it.”
Hayley Payment of Paris Gibson Education Center in Great Falls says the program is responsible for her being a lot more confident in herself and being prepared to enter the workforce.
“Last year I’d have never been able to stand in front of a microphone,” said Payment, “But the skills I’ve learned have made much more sure of myself.”
For more information about the Jobs for Montana’s Graduates program, click here.