We just got our oldest two children back from a week in the state capital at TeenPact. They were both exhausted from the action packed days at the capital and fun evenings at the camp, but since both were speaking in exclamation points (!!!!) about their experiences, we know the week was a success.
TeenPact is a non-profit organization that provides students with “a comprehensive leadership experience that brings kids closer to Jesus Christ, makes them better leaders, and positions them to impact public policy in their state.”
It is always held during the state’s legislative session with allows the students to meet important officials, interview lobbyists and see the political process in action. They also get to meet other home schooled kids and have lots of fun!
I was impressed with the homework that my children had to have completed before the class. They needed to pray daily for their Senator and Representative, and then write a letter to tell them. The vocabulary sheet made them think through some tough terms and learn the lingo. They were required to analyze 3 bills currently being debated in the capital according to Biblical standards and then write a bill of their own.
To be honest, my son went last year only because we forced him. The thought of having to wear a suit and tie all week wasn’t appealing at all. But by the end of the week, he didn’t want to leave. This year we sent him again, along with his sister and they both loved it. Now they are lobbying heavily to attend the National TeenPact Session in Georgia the end of May.
TeenPact’s motto is “Turning Students into Statesmen” and that transformation will help the next generation to change the world. Now that’s something I want me children to be a part of.
You can find more information about TeenPact at their website www.teenpact.com
I have been so impressed with everything I’ve seen so far. I highly recommend it!