iJAG Students had a chance to speak with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad during Legislative Day 2015.
IF iJAG HAD A MILLION DOLLARS?
The Iowa State Capitol was buzzing today!! Not only because the Senate and the House of Representatives were busy passing the Gas Tax Bill, but students from iJAG classrooms all over the state had the chance to tell their story and ask their representatives to support iJAG (Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates) to the tune of one million dollars. Governor Terry Brandstad currently has $700,000 reserved for iJAG this upcoming year, however if iJAG had a million dollars this powerful leadership and graduation program could expand to ten new programs across the state and benefit nearly 500 more Iowa students next year. The students’ mission today was to thank their representatives for their time, tell their story, and to ask their leaders to make a decision that will help more Iowa students graduate with a purpose and unlock their potential.
Four Mason City iJAG students filled out applications and were selected to attend Legislative Day on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. Grades, demonstrated leadership qualities, and the ability to communicate their story were all considerations when selecting the students that would represent Mason City iJAG. Robert Argo (11), Anna Nicholson (11), Gryphon Tedder (10), and Sylena Alshara (9) represented Mason City and themselves exceptionally well today. Robert and Sylena even had the prestigious opportunity to be chosen to visit with Governor Terry Brandstad in his office this morning. This is the first time in the 15 year existence of iJAG that the Governor has asked to speak with students. Argo, Nicholson, Tedder, and Alshara spoke with Representative Steckman, Representative Byrnes, Representative Upmeyer, Representative Jacoby, Representative Stanerson, Senator Ragan, and Senator Dotzler to tell them why iJAG is a priority to them and to the future of Iowa.
The Mason City iJAG students also had an opportunity to see how the legislative process works and tour the Iowa State Capitol. The Iowa State Law Library was their favorite with the spiraling staircases. They also had the privilege of meeting and networking with other iJAG students across the state. WHEN iJAG HAS a million dollars, these students can say that their stories helped so many others unlock their potential.