We've all been there. Whether it be a brief elementary school graduation solo performance, a poetry presentation in an eighth grade English class, or a speech on the impact of Marbury v. Madison during your senior year, you've probably hesistated before public speaking on one ocassion or another, whether it be the quaver in your voice, the tremble in your legs, or the quivering of your hands as they hold your script in front of you.
For me, Youth and Government has been transformative (cliche, I know, but true nonetheless). I entered shy, introverted, and terrified of public speaking in any form; through this supportive community, and because of their confidence in me, I challenged my inhibitions by running statewide for office in this incredible program.
That was just the beginning. Through the euphoria of victory and the stinging pains of defeat, I have learned so much — not just about politics, but about what it means to be engaged, about the value of civic education and responsibility. There's a reason that 88% percent of Y&G delegates earn a bachelor's degree and are vastly more likely to vote than other citizens. When only 8.4% of youth vote in a midterm election in California, something's wrong — when that's typical, change is necessary.Youth and Government provides an unparalleled opportunity to explore the political process from multifarious perspectives.
Unfortunately, this program is incredibly expensive, running as high as $2000 for some delegates. For those that cannot afford to debate in the actual California Senate chambers or passionately discuss the First Amendment in the halls of the Supreme Court building, financial aid is the only option. I ask that you join me in support of the 40% of delegates on financial assistance by donating to the right to fund their scholarships today. Whether that means $1, $10, $100, or $1000, every dime makes a difference. ---->