Future Leaders in America’s Government (FLAG) Program
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The FMS-BIG Chapter’s FLAG program has taken off to a great start in 2012.  Our first meeting of the year was held on January 28, 2012.  The students reported that they had selected the mentoring tier to explore.  This exciting meeting included Deborah King, Chair, Program, Planning and Education Committee, providing an overview of Blacks in Governments 2012 Oratorical and Information Superhighway Competitions.  Deborah also distributed copies of the competition guidelines and entry applications.  The highlight of the meeting was a “Leadership Development Workshop” presented by Dr. James Gray, Educator.  Dr. Gray gave a very impressive, interactive and inclusive presentation where the students were able to participate and express themselves. 

At our February 25, 2012 meeting, we welcomed three new students who decided to join our FLAG program.    Discussion at this meeting centered on mentoring.  The FMS-BIG Chapter members will provide ongoing mentoring to the students to assure they meet the goals and objectives they have set with one on one mentoring and group mentoring as well.   In recognition of Black History Month, Kathy Gray, retired teacher at Flowers High School who provides support to our FLAG Program, shared the honor recently bestowed to her 95-year-old uncle, Carl Clark, who received a commendation by the Secretary of the Navy for his heroics during World War II.  Mr. Clark a naval officer, is credited with saving many lives on the naval ship he served on which attacked by the Japanese in 1945, but he was never recognized until January 2012.  At the conclusion of the FLAG meeting, everyone in attendance received a black history month momento.

The FMS-BIG Chapter looks forward to continued success with our FLAG students.  We are proud of each and every one of them.  Three of our students will be graduating in June 2012 and therefore leaving our Junior FLAG program.  We will continue to follow them as they enter college and pursue their educational goals.

The FMS-BIG Chapter FLAG Committee members are Dorothy Washington, Donna Harper, Margie Neville, Gloria Casteel, Deborah King, Jackie Rich and Joan Andrews.   Kudos to the FLAG Committee members for all they do to make this program a success.
The FMS-BIG Chapter Junior FLAG Program has been very successful since its inception in January 2011. The FLAG Committee meets with the students once a month at the PG Building.   The program currently has ten (10) students who attend Flowers High School, with the exception of one of our new FLAG students, who attends Crossland High School.   In 2011, we experienced the opportunity to have one FLAG student attend BIG’s National Youth FLAG Conference at the NTC in Boston.   In addition, two FLAG students, who were first place winners in the Region XI Oratorical Competition, traveled to Boston to compete in the National Youth Program Oratorical Competition, one of whom emerged as the second place winner in the 9th/10th grade category.
Dorothy Washington, Chair - FMS-BIG Chapter FLAG Committee
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