Being community minded and having already demonstrated leadership, Emily Eveler from Clint High School and Iliana Ortiz and Zayahary Ortiz from Horizon High School have proven to be some of the brightest high school juniors in El Paso. The students will be mentored and involved in Junior Leadership El Paso, a program that will help them become the next generation of leaders.
“We attend sessions the first Wednesday of every month and we learn about the business opportunities in El Paso,” said Emily Eveler.
The students in the program have visited area hospitals, non-profit organizations, the federal courthouse and met a district judge.
“We get to experience and see many things in El Paso that we didn’t even know were here,” said Zayahary Ortiz.
For Iliana Ortiz she said, “We also got to go to the jail, which was pretty scary.”
The program introduces students to the different career opportunities, which for Zayahary and Iliana, has set them on a path for a career in the medical profession after visiting the hospitals and touring an operating room in full surgical suits.
Junior Leadership El Paso, a program of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, targets high school juniors and provides them with the opportunity to meet and interact with El Paso business, government and community leaders. After a review process of ninety-five applications, the Junior Leadership El Paso program announced the roster for Class 9 made up of 41 candidates representing five school districts. The students will participate in a semester long program in seven sessions designed to support their high school education and understand the community’s social and economic issues and opportunities.