Michigan Youth in Government Alumni Board

Alayna Hager


Position: Board Chair

Previous Delegation: Union City

What is some advice you would give a first year alumni? 

What is your favorite memory of YIG as an Alumni? 

Lauren Courtney

 

Position: Vice Chair

Previous Delegation: Rochester Adams

What is some advice you would give a first year alumni? At the beginning of your first conference as an alumni, I'd ask you to reflect on the most impactful moment you had with an alum when you were a student in the program. What did they say to you? How did they make you feel seen, and important? Remember that moment and try to give those moments to the next generation of students.

What is your favorite memory of YIG as an Alumni? At my first middle school conference I was given the task of training and mentoring our group of Inspirational Leaders --students who offered an inspirational quote or message at the beginning of each legislative session. From our first meeting, the Inspiration Leaders were phenomenal. They spoke passionately about a desire to motivate their classmates and demonstrated incredible courage to speak before large groups of their piers. However, I was most inspired when they all spoke briefly at our final banquet before the entire conference, offering inspirational messages they had drafted themselves. They had grown into leaders with their own voices and they were incredible!


Easton Straus 


Position: Secretary

Previous Delegation: Beal City

What is some advice you would give a first year alumni? 

Make the most of it. No matter where you come from or what you do, your help is always appreciated and don’t be afraid to ask for guidance. We have all been through our first year before.

What is your favorite memory of YIG as an Alumni? 

My favorite YIG memory as an Alumni is in my first year ordering Cottage Inn Pizza and staying up most of the night full of laughs and talking about memories from when we were delegates.


Felicia Pollock

Position: Public Relations

Previous Delegation: Mason Consolidated

What is some advice you would give a first year alumni? Just show up with an open mind, because you are going to meet some amazing people as an alumni. Never feel afraid to ask other members for help or advice. Also, remember to put yourself in the student’s shoes. It wasn’t too long ago that we were the students, and I remember how much of an impact the alumni had on making my YIG experience truly life changing. 

What is your favorite memory of YIG as an Alumni? 

My favorite memory as an alumni would have to be my very first conference that I ever volunteered at. My car ran out of gas on my way to the conference, and it was the other alumni who came to my rescue. I was a brand new as an alum and had never met most of these people before, but everyone was so caring and helpful. I don’t think I will ever live that down, and I don’t think I ever want to because it’s such a good memory.

Emilio Rodriguez

Position: Public Relations 

Previous Delegation: Innovation Central

What is some advice you would give a first year alumni? 

What is your favorite memory of YIG as an Alumni? 


Ely Escobar

Position: Special Events

Previous Delegation: Detroit Western International

What is some advice you would give a first year alumni? 

What is your favorite memory of YIG as an Alumni? 


Julio Sandoval 

Position: Special Events

Previous Delegation: Cass Tech

What is some advice you would give a first year alumni? 

What is your favorite memory of YIG as an Alumni? 


Grace McKnight

Position: Fundraising

Previous Delegation: Cadillac

What is some advice you would give a first year alumni? 

What is your favorite memory of YIG as an Alumni? 

Denver Milam

Position: Fundraising

Previous Delegation: Airport

What is some advice you would give a first year alumni? 

What is your favorite memory of YIG as an Alumni? 


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