Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Teen Visits White House as a 'Champion of Change'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Teen Visits White House as a 'Champion of Change'

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WASHINGTON * Emmanuel Haynes drew the biggest laughs of the day when an Obama administration official asked what he'd learned this summer working at Ronald Jones Funeral Chapels.

"What mattered most was having a plan and a vision for your life and also having life insurance," he said, noting the cost of funerals.

Emmanuel, 17, a senior at Carnahan High School of the Future, was one of four young people honored on Thursday in the White House's Youth Jobs-Plus program as a "Champion of Change."

The event cited the work of companies, nonprofit agencies, faith groups and politicians committed to programs aiming to put young people to work as youth unemployment has hit a modern high.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said in a statement that he was proud of Emmanuel. The job came about this summer through a pilot program led by the Incarnate Word Foundation.

At the White House, Martha Kanter, a Department of Education undersecretary, said President Barack Obama is committed to the Jobs- Plus program. …

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