Teens represent Beaverton in Washington, D.C.
Six members of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Board question leaders and tour the nation's capital.
Six members of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Board (MYAB) got a close look at the hub of American political life while attending the National League of Cities conference in Washington, D.C., last week.
It was really the trip of a lifetime, said Krista Jansen, 16, a junior at Southridge High School who hopes to one day represent Oregon as an elected official. It was really great seeing the history of the place. Its amazing.
It got me energized, said William Deatherage, 17, a junior at Valley Catholic School who also foresees a career in politics. I loved talking to representatives from all over the country.
Jansen, Deatherage and three other high school juniors – Ananth Agarwal, Corey Atwood and Ian Wasson – were awarded their trips to the nations capital through an MYAB-sponsored essay competition. A sixth delegate, senior Amber Lee, attended as a member of the National League of Cities Youth Education Council.
The Beaverton teens joined a delegation of Beaverton city leaders, including Mayor Denny Doyle.
They were present as President Barack Obama addressed the NLCs opening session and also posed questions directly to their U.S. senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley. Deatherage even made sure the senators left wearing Beaverton pins.
While in D.C., the group also toured the White House and many of the nations most famous monuments.
This years youth delegates were phenomenal representatives of Beavertons youth, said Kate Taylor, who serves as the city's staff liaison for the MYAB.
Our youth delegates actively participated in youth sessions and general conference workshops and networked with 200 youth and many elected officials from across the nation. Topics included public speaking and lobbying, veterans resources and benefits, and increasing wireless communications services for city residents.
Three council members also took part in the NLC conference, where the city was honored for its cultural diversity work.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT