EDISON, NJ — Edison Job Corps and Hometown Hero Club partnered for a Zoom meeting on September 10 for a presentation on voter education.

Julia Gibson, Business Community Liaison for Edison Job Corps, stated that Gail Lalla, President of the Middlesex County Young Democrats (MCYD,) spoke during the meeting. Lalla has extensive experience in public policy, marketing and government relations.

Lalla’s expertise in planning, budgeting, stakeholder communication and team motivation contribute to her successful leadership of the MCYD.

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She began her policy career as an intern for Congressman Frank Pallone, and later worked for Greener by Design LLC.

Lalla has spoken on panels for the U.S. Green Building Council, the NJ Chemistry Council and various symposiums on clean energy.

The Zoom meeting’s purpose was to inform young people about voting. The meeting emphasized that eligible teens and 20-somethings must research the candidates and cast their votes.

Gibson explained, "It is a great responsibility to teach and help the youth in the community understand the importance of voting.” She continued, “The youth will make the final decision as to who they are voting for. This a wonderful opportunity to bring the community together.”

Gibson reiterated, “I want to encourage the youth to vote because their voice matters.”

Ashton Burrell, founder of Hometown Hero Club, stressed, “This is a great opportunity for our young people to learn the importance of voting, especially with an election like we have for 2020.”

Burrell added that everyone needs to vote in all elections. “Not just in the presidential race but local elections, school boards, as well as their respective schools. Everyone should know what and who exactly they’re voting for.” 

According to its website, Edison Job Corps is a “national organization that provides no-cost education and career technical training program that is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor.” It helps 16 to 24 year olds to “improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training.”

Their objective is to “support the Job Corps program’s mission to teach eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and to place them in meaningful jobs or further education.”

The Job Corps program is authorized by Title I-C of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (supersedes WIA 1998).

Hometown Hero Club provides youth and communities with examples of what community and youth empowerment can accomplish.

Hometown Hero Club’s website notes, “Through positive association we are providing the steps and guidance to development the next generation of Hometown Heroes.”

Their objective is to create a bonded community so local leaders, youth, and communities receive the credit and attention they need to inspire them to value everyday heroes.

Otherwise, hometown heroes might not receive the credit that they deserve. The heroes are modeling good behavior and when that is acknowledged, others see that helping community members is noticed and valued.

Click HERE for more information about Edison Job Corps.

Click HERE for more information about Hometown Hero Club.