EMACH and GEMS Members Participate in Annual Youth Leadership Conference at the Statehouse

EMACH and GEMS Members Participate in Annual Youth Leadership Conference at the Statehouse

EMACH and GEMS Members Participate in Annual Youth Leadership Conference at the Statehouse

Emerald and Greenwood High School were well represented at the Annual Youth Leadership Conference on October 31st at the South Carolina Statehouse Complex in Columbia. The event was hosted by members of the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus (SCLBC). Emerald student Deondre Griffin and GHS students Nathan Bonaparte and Javarion Calhoun served as the representatives from District 50.

EMACH and GEMS Members Participate in Annual Youth Leadership Conference at the StatehouseThe SCLBC Youth Leadership Conference is designed for S.C. high school students to engage in a mock legislative session. During the day, students took the role of legislators by discussing bills on the committee level and debating legislation on the Statehouse Floor. Students also participated in a college fair which allowed them to meet with representatives from state colleges and universities.

Students also had the chance to hear from Anton Gunn who brought a wide range of experience to his role as chief diversity officer and executive director of community health innovation at the Medical University of South Carolina.

In the picture above, (left to right) Deondre Griffin stands with Javarion Calhoun, Nathan Bonaparte, and GHS Teacher and GEMS Sponsor Mr. Nathaniel Bonaparte. Griffin is a member Emerald Men Advancing and Changing History (EMACH), while Calhoun and Bonaparte are members of Greenwood Eagles Men of Success (GEMS). GEMS and EMACH serve as mentoring programs at both high schools.

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