Hi! My name is Sumukh Saxena from the Torrance South Bay Delegation and Im part of a civic engagement program called Youth and Government. Youth and Government encourages the civil engagement of middle and high school students theough mock recreation of national and international government. I started YnG in my seventh grade year in one of Youth and Gvernment's various programs called M.U.N. otherwise known as Model United Nations. M.U.N. is the middle school program focusing on the United Nations. Currently I am in the highschool program for YnG known as Model Legislature and Court (M.L.C.). While doing these programs I learned and grew though every meeting and conference, building my understanding on national and international policy. Besides the educational aspects of YnG there is also the community of delegates who make the experince ten times better, by building new friendships and creating the best memories. YnG has helped me break out of my shell and build my confidence, without YnG I would still be the quite timid Sumukh I was in seventh grade. Now you've heard all the good about YnG but there is one con to all of this greatness.... the price. YnG costs upwards of $1000 dollars per delegate for rooms, food, transport, clothing, etc. While my family can afford the program there are some of my fellow delegates who want to do YnG but just can't afford the cost every year. This is where F.L.C. comes in, F.L.C. AKA the Future Leaders Campaign. In FLC we raise money so it can be reimbursed towards scholarships and financial aid for delefates who can't afford the full price.
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