Participants of the 2012 Young Assemblymembers Program, including a recent Pajaro Valley High graduate, finish their program Saturday at an event in Salinas.
“It’s truly inspiring to work with students who are so anxious to fulfill their leadership potential and proactively work for our community,” said Alejo. “This is a great step in a life full of successful endeavors, I’m sure of it!”
Mario Alberto Medina Vasquez, a Pajaro Valley High School graduate who will be a freshman at CSU-Sacramento State in the fall, is one of the students in the program.
“I am just so excited about joining this program, I have learn so much in just a few days," said Mario Alberto Medina Vasquez. "I feel empowered and the skills that I am learning will be very useful as I start my studies at Sacramento State this year."
The graduation ceremony will consist of an oath and pinning ceremony to officially certify the program participants as official Young Assemblymembers. Following the graduation ceremony the new Young Assemblymembers will participate in a mock Assembly Session to showcase the knowledge and skills attained through the program.
This year’s program accepted 24 high school and college/university students who attended a week-long leadership development training in Salinas. Students participated in a variety of workshops and trainings, and will continue to apply the acquired skills in their community in the following weeks as they will be taking on a community project of their choice.
The graduation ceremony and mock assembly session will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday at the city of Salinas Council Chambers, 200 Lincoln Ave., Salinas.