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California Youth & Government (Future Leaders Campaign)

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THE STORY:

California Youth & Government is a YMCA program that provides thousands of high school students the opportunity to participate in their own model legislature and court through the ML/C program and middle schoolers the opportunity to participate in a model united nations through the MUN program.

I joined MUN as a 7th grader and now as I complete my last year in ML/C as a senior in high school, I can clearly look back and see the vital impact Youth & Government has had on my life.

Through this program I have spoken on the floor of the California State Assembly, run for statewide office and started a student-run female mentorship program to combat gender inequality in leadership positions. Youth & Government helped me develop my public speaking and debate skills, but it has taught me so much more. It has taught me that when you see a problem, there is always something you can do about it. It has taught me to find that solution, and make it happen. Youth & Government has shown me the importance of leadership and my voice, the importance of finding one’s passion and following it wherever it may take you. It has taught me the importance of not only my voice, but of everyone else’s. Youth & Government has impacted me in the most important way possible, it took me from being an awkward 7th grader looking for something to care about, to being a high school senior, ready to take on the world.

Youth & Government provides an absolutely amazing experience and through the Future Leaders Campaign, you can help open the door for another student to participate in a program that truly changes lives. Please join me in donating to California YMCA Youth & Government!

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