Explaining how a good idea can be transformed into a law that changes lives for the better, Maia Raynor, legislative aide to State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, told a room full of 13 year olds that each of them can get involved and make a difference.
Raynor’s presentation was part of ABCD’s Youth Engaged in Action (YEA!) program last year. YEA!, a three-week summer adventure, introduces participants to people and experiences that teach them about civic engagement and leadership, online safety and responsibility, budgeting, job-readiness, community service.
As 2018 YEA! participant Victor Ramos puts it, “If you don’t know these things, how would you be able to make your voice heard and help the community?”
This summer, YEA! kicks off on July 15
and includes an exciting new opportunity thanks to ABCD’s new partner
. Through online meetings called “flashchats,” YEA! kids will interact with a variety of professionals from the private and public sector including a Google employee who leads the company’s virtual reality initiatives and a staffer at the U.S. State Department.
Learn more about ABCD’s YEA! program
, and watch these young leaders in action