COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The 2019 Junior Marshal Program graduation was held at the Columbus Civic Center on Thursday.
The two-year mentoring program is facilitated in each middle school in Muscogee County. Since the program started, none of the Junior Marshals have been involved in drug or gang activities.
Awards and scholarships were awarded at the graduation including the award for Junior Marshal of the Year and Chapter of the Year.
"Persistence overcomes resistance, so the more that we work with them and we show them leadership, they become our leaders of tomorrow,” said Muscogee County Marshal Greg Countryman. “It takes everybody to help raise our kids. If we want to give our kids a brighter future, we have to be sure to make a pathway for them to travel on."
The graduation’s keynote speaker was DeMarcus Smith of Voice of Young America. The focus of the Junior Marshal Program is to encourage participants to be public servants with the acronym “CLEFT,” which stands for citizenship, leadership, education, fun, and teamwork.