MJ Junior, President at Age 17

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Runta News, Seattle, Washington

It was just months ago, when Jimmy Matta, Mayor of Burien, Washington informed me that he was approached by an amazing young ambitious Somali teenage called Mohamed Jama who want to become a Council Member or Deputy Mayor as soon as he turns 18.

Jama, now 17, has involved politics in early age. He volunteered last year many activities including Shannon Braddock’s campaign who was running for Washington State Senator where he quickly gained some experience. He also familiarized himself with the Somali community in which he is recognized as a mature leader who could represent his community in a higher office soon.

In a post was published yesterday Highline Community College’s website, Jama was elected as the president of the student body.  Here is the announcement made by the college, “Getting to know your student body president: Associated Students of Highline College (ASHC) President Mohamed Jama may be the second youngest president at age 17 to serve students at Highline, but he has some big ideas for getting students involved.

The Burien resident, who attends Highline Choice Academy when he’s not at Highline College being a Running Start student, ran with the platform of creating awareness around student government and providing opportunities for students to have a voice in issues that matter to them.

“While campaigning I talked to a lot of students and they did not know that student government existed,” Jama said. “There are a lot of students that are interested in leadership, but they just couldn’t find an opportunity.”

Jama hopes to expand that access by encouraging students to come to student government meetings, which are held at 1:20pm in the Mt. Skokomish room in the Highline Student Union, every other Tuesday, beginning on the second Tuesday of the month.

A way Jama will gauge his success is if there’s a higher voter turnout for the next ASHC president and vice president, he said.

And, as the son of parents who emigrated from Somalia in East Africa to the United States in the 1980s and ‘90s, Jama said it’s important to him that the college continues to raise global awareness as it remains one of the most diverse colleges in the country. Jama worked toward this goal prior to becoming ASHC president by starting Afro Society, a student-led club on campus.

After Highline College, Jama hopes to attend the University of Washington to study public relations and political science.

To contact Jama, email him at mojamabdi@students.highline.edu. #highlinecollege #studentgovernment #ashc”

Runta team congratulates Mohamed Jama and his amazing family. We will update you on his progress as time goes by. Please welcome him anytime you see him around. Our community is recovering from the setbacks caused by deep division and incompetent leaders. Soon we will own centers that would provide real services.

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