Leadership Training for Young Workers

For the past few years, the AFL-CIO’s Leadership Institute (LI) has offered the opportunity for young workers to get valuable leadership development by serving as young worker trainers. The LI brings together leaders, staff, board members and community partners of state federations and labor councils, with the goal of building capacity, creating space for planning and developing programs that serve and engage affiliates.

The Young Worker Trainer program gives a few young people the opportunity to learn about leadership development and labor education in a real world setting. As part of the program, trainers develop new curriculum, work with experienced trainers to learn new skills and teaching techniques, and benefit from seeing how a full program is built and implemented. There is a time commitment – you have to be able and available to participate in prep sessions by phone (and one in-person session) and to prepare curriculum in time to get feedback and incorporate suggestions so that we have the highest possible quality program to deliver to our LI participants.

They are now soliciting applications for the coming year’s program. You can find the application here . (Note: dates reflect last year’s session, as this year’s dates haven’t been set yet. The interest application remains the same).

Dates for the two LI sessions and the one in-person prep meeting are still being finalized. The AFL-CIO covers the cost of travel for these events, but you will need to be able to arrange with your employer to attend the program.

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VA testing mobile app that helps tailor care based on each Veteran’s genetics

When a new system being field tested this summer goes live, VA will become the first U.S. health care organization ever to put genetic testing data into the hands of patients via a mobile application.

The system, named Genetic Diagnostic Testing App — called GDx — will put individual genetic information in the hands of Veterans – providing them with access to their information anywhere, anytime, as well as  the ability to share it with VA and non-VA providers alike. In short, medical professionals will be able to provide highly-individualized care and better treat their patients.

Click here to read more about the GDx.

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2017 IAM Scholarship Winners

The IAM is pleased to announce the 2017 Scholarship winners. An impartial committee of educators selected 16 recipients for this year’s awards. We congratulate the winners and thank all those who participated in the competition.

Britney C. Trieu, Local 99Caitlyn E. Harper, Local 835Samantha Van Valkenburg, Local 700Sarah Corkum, Local S6Nicole Johnson, Local 701LaKiah McCallson, Local 21John Anthony, Local 44Natalie M. Colley, Local 1720Julia Pelletier, Local 135Brennan Vasquez, Local 2777Wendell Wright, Local 2511Brian Leifker, Local 1759Deena L. McCulloch, Local 804Mitchell Pulleo, Local 1976Joseph A. Goulart, Local 946Michaela R. Todd, Local 751CHonorable Mentions


Britney C. Trieu
Parent: Don Trieu
LL 99 –Edmonton, AB
College: University of Alberta
Major: Finance, with a Bilingual
Bachelor of Commerce Co-Op Degree


Caitlyn E. Harper
Parent: Gary Harper
LL 835 – Rothesay, NB
College: University of New Brunswick
Major:  Biology 

ROMAN MAYFIELD WINNER

Samantha Van Valkenburg
Parent: Greg Van Valkenburg
LL 700 –Higganum, CT
College: University of Connecticut
Major: English & Secondary Education



Sarah Corkum
Parent: Elwood Corkum
LL S6 – Bath, ME
College: Bowdoin College
Major:  Chemistry



Nicole Johnson
Parent: Jon Johnson
LL 701 –Carol Stream, IL
College: University of Illinois/Urbana Champaign
Major: Bioengineering and Minor in Spanish



LaKiah McCallson
Parent:  Dean L. McCallson
LL 21 –LaCrosse, WI
College: University of Wisconsin La Crosse
Major:  Public Health



John Anthony (Vocational)
Parent:  Mark J. Anthony
LL 44 –Decatur, AL
College: Calhoun Community College
Major: Paramedics and Machine Tool Technology


Natalie M. Colley (Vocational)
Parent:  Everett W. Anderson, IV
LL 1720 –  Calvert City, KY
College: West Kentucky Community & Technical Center
Major:  Registered Nurse


Julia Pelletier
Parent:   David M. Pelletier
LL 135 – Altus, OK
College: The University of Oklahoma
Major:   Chemistry


Brennan Vasquez
Parent:   Anthony Vasquez
LL 2777 –  Milton, FL
College: Brown University
Major: Joint degree in Engineering and Physics


Wendell Wright
Parent:   Tracy I. Wright
LL 2511 – Riverside, CA
College: California Baptist University
Major:  Business, Kinesiology, or Psychology 


Brian Leifker (Member)
LL 1759 – Alexandria, VA
College: Empire State College (SUNY)
Major: Labor Studies/Safety and Health


Deena L. McCulloch (Member)
LL 804 – Dayton, OH
College: Empire State College (SUNY)
Major:  Labor Studies


Mitchell Pulleo
Parent:   Scott Pulleo
LL 1976 – Beaver Falls, PA
College: Gannon University
Major:  Biology / Pre-Optometry


Joseph A. Goulart
Parent:   John Goulart
LL 946 –  Cameron Park, CA
College: University of California, San Diego
Major:   International Relations 


Michaela R. Todd
Parent:   Jeffrey J. Thiel
LL 751C – Kent, WA
College: University of Washington
Major: Communications & Business Administration


Ana Lucia Morales
Ana Marcela Morales

Parent:   Laurens Bartmann
LL 2323 –  Toronto, ON

Luciana Jones

Parent:  Christina Jones
 LL 2003 – Daleville, AL

Andrew Casteletti

Parent:  Francis Castelletti
LL 2310 – New Hartford, NY

Emily Garrett

Parent:  David Garrett
 LL 2507 – Calvert City, KY

Ian Norton

Parent:  Lewis Norton
LL 1580 – Wellsville, NY

Jacob Resendez

Parent:   Mary Resendez
LL 2198 – Pasadena, TX

Thomas E Whiteford (Vocational)

Parent:   Thomas E. Whiteford
LL 2779 – York, PA

Bryan O. Rodriguez

Parent:  Oscar Rodriguez
LL 811 – Kingwood, TX

Dayanara Abernathy

Parent:   Jay Abernathy
LL 822 – Quincy, IL

Francisco A. Felix

Parent:   Marco A. Felix
LL 751A –  Burien, WA

Kaitlyn Schooley

Parent:   Kirk Schooley
LL 655 – Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Nicole A. Lorenzo

Parent:  Mandel Lorenzo
LL 751A – Kamuela, HI

Kelby Aschenbrenner (Vocational)

Parent:   Paul Aschenbrenner
LL 655 – Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Dallas J. Crnich (Member)
LL 88 – Butte, MT

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