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Ambassadors receive inaugural pinning and culminating event

August 2, 2010

Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and members of the Memphis City Council participated in the inaugural pinning ceremony of the 2010 Memphis Ambassadors Program. As the flagship component of the Office of Youth Services and Community Relations, the Ambassadors Program is a year round enrichment program, which focuses on Education, Health, Civic and Social Responsibility and Employability. It replaces the Summer Youth Employment Program, which typically lasted only 8 weeks.

“The City is committed to helping this program grow and new funds are soon on the way,” stated Mayor Wharton to a crowd of several hundred parents , guardians and program participants.  He also encouraged the participants to take back their neighborhoods and work hard to become talented workers in the workforce.

 As part of this celebratory event, James Nelson, Special Assistant to the Mayor, presented a $10,000 gift from Colgate Palmolive that will be used to cover program enrichment activities, such as college tours and ACT prep courses for participants in the Ambassadors program. Each participant received commendations from the Mayor and their City Council representative and also received a Fellowship Award check for participation in the summer component of the program.

 For more information about the program, please contact 576-6264 or log on to www.youth.memphistn.gov.

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