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Local teen selected to attend leadership conference

The Union StaffLuke Jenkins will attend the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C.
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Luke Jenkins of Lake of the Pines has been selected to attend the National Young Leaders Conference from Feb. 11 to 16 in Washington, D.C. NYLC is a unique leadership development program for high school students who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit. Jenkins will be among 400 national scholars from around the country who are attending the conference.

The theme of NYLC is “The Leaders of Tomorrow Meeting the Leaders of Today.” Throughout the six-day conference, Jenkins will interact with key elected officials, political appointees and newsmakers from the three branches of government, the media and the international community.

Highlights of the program include welcoming remarks from the floor of the U. S. House of Representatives and a panel discussion with prominent journalists at the National Press Club. Jenkins will also meet with senators and a representative or an appointed member of their staff to discuss important issues facing the nation.

To complement the schedule of special meetings and briefings, Jenkins will also participate in a number of leadership skill-building activities, introducing the students to the three branches of government. In one role-play activity known as “If I Were President,” students act as the president and cabinet members responding to an international crisis. Students also participate in a judicial simulation called “Testing the Constitution,” in which they examine actual Supreme Court cases. NYLC culminates with the “Model Congress,” in which scholars assume the roles of U. S. representatives and debate, amend and vote on proposed mock legislation.

CYLC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization. Founded in 1985, it is committed to fostering and inspiring young people to achieve their full leadership potential. More than 400 members of the U.S. Congress join this commitment by serving on the CYLC Honorary Congressional board of advisors.

For additional information on NYLC, visit http://www.cylc.org.

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