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Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) announced his guest for the President’s address to a joint session of Congress. Renacci, a founder of Empower Cleveland’s Youth, invited Jalen Brown, an alumnus of Cleveland Leadership Center’s ‘Look Up To Cleveland’ civic leadership program, who was instrumental in the launching of Empower Cleveland’s Youth.

This past summer, Brown shared his experiences and spoke at a luncheon which launched Empower Cleveland’s Youth. This mentorship program was inspired by Renacci and other business leaders as a community initiative and partnered with the Cleveland Leadership Center. Empower Cleveland’s Youth is meant to provide personal growth and leadership development to high school students. Program participants attend daily sessions and activities meant to increase self-awareness and self-knowledge and to encourage goal-setting. Participants are also paired with a mentor in their career interest area to increase their knowledge of the field and to assist them in developing the skills and knowledge necessary for pursuing a successful career and becoming leaders in their communities.

“It’s a privilege to host Jalen for the President’s joint session address,” said Renacci. “Witnessing a presidential address in person is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I’m excited to be able to share this with someone looking for personal and professional growth through self-empowerment. He has demonstrated a commitment to developing himself as a leader, and I am pleased to reward him for his efforts.”

Brown is a Middle Childhood Education major and graduate of Miami University. He recently completed student teaching with the Maple Heights City School District. Brown describes himself as passionate about education and interested in giving all students a chance at a quality and engaging education.

Renacci has represented the 16th district of Ohio since 2011 and sits on the Ways and Means Committee and Budget Committee.

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