CHS juniors Avery McGrath and Jose Contreras were selected to be part of a council that will focus on Healthy Teens for a Better Mississippi. The council is made up of 120 youths from around the state.
Avery and Jose will serve from April 2013 to June 2013 in a council dedicated to leadership training and service projects for the state of Mississippi. They are the sons of Jason and Emily J. McGrath of Corinth.
“It was a wonderful opportunity for the boys to see our government in action,” said Emily. “Also, to learn how they can make a difference in our state.”
On Thursday the council attended a full day of training which focused on teen pregnancy. Council members were welcomed by Senator John Hines and Representatives Becky Currie, Sonya Barnes and John Hines.
Next they visited the House and Senate, to get a first-hand view of how the policy process works. From there they learned about the experiences and roles of the previous year’s Youth Council members.
The group worked on self-esteem activities and listened to a variety of speakers, including Janet Spears, from the Salvation Army; Kelli Bosarge with the March of Dimes; Walley Naylor of DHS; former teen mom Dr. Edelia Carthan; and Dr. Nycole Campbell Lewis, the state coordinator for the youth council.
To end the day, the group heard a speech by Gov. Phil Bryant on how the council is to be role models for other youths across the state. During the speech, Bryant told the council they could be anything they wanted to be — and it is up to them to show others how great Mississippi is.
The governor cited the recent Ole Miss breakthrough working toward a cure for AIDS/HIV and discussed other Mississippians who had made contributions to the state. Bryant challenged the council members to step up and do great things as well.