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JROTC students pave future career paths in summer camp

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The JPS/JROTC summer camp is giving high school students the opportunity to open the doors to their future. Thursday was day four of the JPS/JROTC Police Explorers camp. 

Thirty Jackson Public School students are learning about future careers in the judicial system, law enforcement, county, state and federal government, finance and more. Each morning, the students attend U.S. District Court Judge Henry Wingate's courtroom and hear from professionals from financial advisers to the FBI.

It is a life-changing experience for Jim Hill High School sophomore Flannan Ngong who's participating for the second year.

"I'm taking out of this that I set my own future. I lead myself to success, and there are so many opportunities that I have to be successful in life," said Ngong. "There's always people out there who can help you in any situation. There's always people, even if you grew up in not so good of a street, not so good of a home. It's always a way to get back up. Be what you want to be in life.".

The next stop Thursday was the Hinds County Courthouse and Sheriff's department.

There the group of teenagers heard from an inmate, who after military service, joined the wrong crowd. He is now charged with murder, manslaughter, and kidnapping.

"There are many measures that I can take to avoid being prosecuted," said camp participant Carlos Parker. "I can potentially inspire others to not take the path of unlawful conduct."

"This level of exposure has really been transformative," said Ben Minnifield with Innovative Learning Partner.

He started this program three years ago and works with Mississippi State, Jackson State, and William Carey Universities to help the student see various careers up close.

Since then there have been more than 100 participants.

"You combine that with the discipline that we're giving them through JROTC with that level of exposure," said Minnifield. "And it kinda helps them to redefine their hidden genius if you will. So they can better articulate what career pathway they're trying to pursue." 

This week wraps up with a Friday graduation at the Jackson Police Academy Training Academy.

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