We all know how important it is to involve young people in the labor movement, and we are excited to announce that we have another champion here at AFGE who will help us reach that goal. Congratulations to AFGE Local 503 member Tanyell Jackson, who has been appointed Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinator for District 5!
Tanyell’s appointment was announced April 16 during the AFGE Alabama State training conference where all AFGE locals in the state of Alabama sent representatives to attend the steward and workers’ compensation training and the Y.O.U.N.G. summit.
District 5, which covers Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, has two Y.O.U.N.G. coordinators. Tanyell joined TSA’s Shekina Givens, the other Y.O.U.N.G. coordinator for the district.
Tanyell, who works for the Department of Veterans Affairs and has been an AFGE member for three years, is excited to take on new challenges in her new role.
“When people see Y.O.U.N.G., they will not have to ask what it means. They will already know because Y.O.U.N.G. will be well-known,” she said. “I am excited to get started.”
Tanyell thanks Local 503 Acting President and State Council 27 President Bobby Henderson and Local 503 member Rudy Porter for their support and nomination. “They saw something in me that I had not seen in myself yet,” she added.
In identifying candidates for the 5th District Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinator, District 5 National Vice President David Mollett polled the state council presidents for recommendations. NVP Mollett said all candidates did well in the interviews, but what set Tanyell apart was her enthusiasm, communicative ability, and innovative approach to reaching out to young workers. For instance, she arranged a local event with benefits coordinators to address long-term retirement planning for young workers.
District 5 has a robust Y.O.U.N.G. program. Besides the two district Y.O.U.N.G. coordinators, all of the states in the district were asked to appoint dtate-level Y.O.U.N.G. coordinators. The district has also established a District 5 Y.O.U.N.G. Committee.
“Organizing, legislative, and political activism will be the cornerstones of these programs,” NVP Mollett said.