By: Evette Champion
Most people in their twenties are enjoying their college years. They’re probably cramming for finals, working a part time job, and hanging out with their friends. Jewell Jones is a lot like his peers at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He is ambitious, ready to make a mark on the world, and he is committed to making the most of his college education so his plans can come to fruition.
However, Jones is unlike many of his peers. He took a big step toward making his dreams come true—even before he graduates. He ran a successful campaign to join the city council for Inkster, Michigan; thus making him the city’s youngest City Councilman ever. Jones was sworn into his new position on November 19th.
“My parents would drag me around to different things in the community. I was very involved in my church,” Jones told The Huffington Post. “Serving the people in this capacity has always been pretty natural for me.”
Jones is a dual-major for political science and finance. The junior still plans to graduate in 2017. Besides being a dual-major, he is affiliated with several organizations including the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), the Black Student Union (BSU), and the Student Veteran Association (SVA).
This inspirational young man has shared that he found it difficult to manage school and the campaign, but with time management, he was able to do it with no problem.
“I was taking it day to day, but it was just a daily challenge of seeing if I focus on the campaign right now, or should I focus on school,” the newly minted councilman said. “But my support system was really good.”
When people questioned if Jones had the experience and ability to lead because he was merely 20 years old, Jones proudly said: “I have quite a lot of responsibility and roles right now that I’ve had for quite some time now,” Jones said. “It kind of molded me to be good at this job.”
We need more young people like Jones to take interest in government, no matter the level. Perhaps with a new set of eyes, we can work toward correcting some of the problems we currently are facing.