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Saginaw County Youth Ambassadors  Selected for Second Cohort
Saginaw County Youth Ambassadors Selected for Second Cohort
Jennifer Geno
Friday, July 09, 2021

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 second 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 lead to an active leadership role in representing youth across Saginaw County during their senior year of high school.  The intent of the program is 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: 

  • Marcello Ledesma, Arthur Hill High School
  • Alivia Kerridge, Birch Run High School
  • Hannah Adams, Birch Run High School
  • Terrence Pinson, Bridgeport High School
  • Aerial Johnson, Bridgeport High School
  • Kelcei Schultz, Carrollton High School
  • Mya Jarvis, Carrollton High School
  • Alexandra Moore, Chesaning Union High School
  • Raelyn Williams, Chesaning Union High School
  • Payton Schafsnitz, Frankenmuth High School
  • Isabella Zdanowski, Frankenmuth High School
  • Wyatt Henning, Freeland High School
  • MiMi Gowenlock, Freeland High School
  • Alyssa Rivette, Hemlock High School
  • Cole Wesener, Hemlock High School
  • Gianna Collier, Heritage High School
  • Luke Vrable, Heritage High School
  • Branson Walker, Merrill High School
  • Mary Starke, Merrill High School
  • Emma Baukus-Konieczka, Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy
  • LaDonna Jones, Saginaw High School
  • Annabelle May, St. Charles High School
  • Logan Gast, Swan Valley High School
  • Keri Stephens, Swan Valley High School

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 or Tina Bacigalupo at

About Saginaw Intermediate School District Saginaw Intermediate School District (SISD) is an educational service agency that provides effective and innovative leadership, services, resources, and programs throughout Saginaw County.  Saginaw ISD serves 12 local school districts, 5 public school academies, and 22 non-public schools, with a total enrollment of approximately 27,000 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.  Saginaw ISD provides career and technical education, early childhood, finance, human resources, instruction, pupil accounting, special education, technology, and transportation services.  In addition, SISD 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.  Learn more about Saginaw ISD by calling (989) 399-7473 or visiting