Saginaw Youth Ambassadors

SAGINAW COUNTY, MICHIGAN – Saginaw Intermediate School District, in partnership with the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce, Dale Carnegie Training, and Partnershift, is pleased to announce the selection of the fourth cohort of Saginaw County Youth Ambassadors. This distinguished group of incoming high school sophomores throughout Saginaw County have earned the opportunity to learn and develop sought-after leadership skills through a unique, three-year, comprehensive program designed to prepare them for promoting community services and the many benefits of living in Saginaw County.  

As part of this program, each Youth Ambassador will receive a $1,795 scholarship to participate in a three-day Dale Carnegie Teen Program. The Dale Carnegie Program equips students with the professional skills necessary to lead within their community while catalyzing leadership development. Throughout the three-year cohort experience, Ambassadors will engage in a series of self-awareness workshops focused on identifying their individual strengths, along with planned immersive experiences to provide a contextual comprehension of Saginaw County’s richly diverse community. Further, local leaders will mentor Ambassadors by assisting them in enriching their deeper understanding of Saginaw County’s resources and history. Through meaningful community involvement, these interactive experiences will help ensure that student Youth Ambassadors are well prepared to promote the benefits of living, working, and playing in Saginaw County to their peers, family, neighbors, and visitors.  

The growth opportunities and skill development obtained by the Ambassadors during the first two years of the program led to an active leadership role in representing youth across Saginaw County during their senior year of high school. The program intends to usher in and train a new cohort of exceptional student leaders annually and perpetually invest in the next generation of community leaders. The distinguished students selected to represent the Saginaw County Youth Ambassadors second cohort are as follows: 

Sydney FoxBirch Run Area School District
Stella SchultzBirch Run Area School District
Aiyanna DonaldBridgeport-Spaulding Community School District
Zachariah KielBridgeport-Spaulding Community School District
Diego OlivarezCarrollton Public Schools
Caroline HolmCarrollton Public Schools
Gwen MaikeChesaning Union Schools 
Carley RasmussenChesaning Union Schools 
Emerson TotenFrankenmuth School District
Emma BrowningFrankenmuth School District
Samuel KaylorFreeland Community School District 
Nia WillistonFreeland Community School District 
Dominic RivetteHemlock Public School District 
Hunter YackelHemlock Public School District 
Ava BethkeMerrill Community School District
Maddylynn DesmyterMerrill Community School District
Tierra PringleSaginaw Public School District (Arthur Hill)
Ahnyala EichelbergerSaginaw Public School District (Saginaw High School)
Aditya VeeraSaginaw Public School District (SASA)
Colton JohnsonSaginaw Township Community Schools (Heritage)
Olivia HartSaginaw Township Community Schools (Heritage)
Gabrielle TohmSt. Charles Community Schools
Gabriel KelleySt. Charles Community Schools
Drake BastianSwan Valley School District
Shiloh CharboneauSwan Valley School District

Funding for this program is made possible through the Marshall Plan for Talent Grant Award that Saginaw Intermediate School District received as the convener of the M-46 Talent Consortium in December 2018. For more information, please contact Jenny Geno at, Tina Bacigalupo at, or the cohort four coach Amanda Koch at 


Saginaw Intermediate School District (ISD) is an educational service agency that provides effective and innovative leadership, services, resources, and programs throughout Saginaw County. Saginaw ISD provides career and technical education, early childhood, finance, human resources, instruction, pupil accounting, special education, technology, and transportation services. In addition, Saginaw ISD operates multiple educational programs to meet the unique needs of students ages birth to 26 across Saginaw County, including: Hartley Outdoor Education Center, Head Start/Early Head Start and Great Start to Readiness Programs, Great Lakes Bay Early College, Saginaw County Juvenile Detention Center School, and Special Education Center Programs. 

Saginaw ISD serves 12 local school districts, five public school academies, and 22 non-public schools, with a total enrollment of approximately 26,000 students. Public school districts supported include: Birch Run Area Schools, Bridgeport-Spaulding Community School District, Carrollton Public Schools, Chesaning Union Schools, Frankenmuth School District, Freeland Community School District, Hemlock Public School District, Merrill Community Schools, Saginaw Public School District, Saginaw Township Community Schools, St. Charles Community Schools, and Swan Valley School District.


Coty Kuschinsky - Saginaw ISD Chief of Staff and Communications Supervisor