Building values-based leadership and civic engagement in California’s youth is important to me. That is why I am proud to volunteer for California YMCA Youth & Government.
This year I am a second year delegate and even though I may not have been in this program for long, it has truly changed my life forever. This year I am serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff of Policy and Activism for the Trout Party. In the short time I have been in this program I have found my comfort zone expanding before my eyes. This program teaches a lot more than speaking and politics, it teaches life skills that you will carry with you for the rest of your lives.
California YMCA Youth & Government has provided outstanding statewide educational and social experiences close to 100,000 middle and high school youth for more than 70 years, however, I cannot tell you how many of my peers that I have spoken to about this program I've had to watch the enthusiasm drain from their faces the second I mention the cost. No student should have to turn away such an amzing program due to the price.
Together we can achieve so much more. Every gift makes a difference. Everyone has a role to play. Please join me and give today.