Fellow Washingtonians,

After months of preparation from YMCA staff and our student advisory board, the 2019 Legislative Weekend is finally here. Since the beginning of the year, both Y staff and the board have been adding new delegations such as Anacostia High School, IDEA PCS, and James Hubert Blake High School, hosting bill writing workshops across the city, and working on improving your committee experience. We hope that you are just as excited about this weekend as we are.

This Legislative Weekend, we the students, will come together to debate legislation that will impact DCPS, our homeless population, our felon population, our environment, and our daily lives. I trust that you have researched your bill topics and are prepared for lively debate in your committees.

I hope that after this conference you develop a stronger sense of civic duty and discover your voice. But above all, remember to have fun and make lifelong friendships. Take the time to get to know the people in your committee and do not be afraid to talk to people from other delegations during lunch, teen night, and the mayor’s banquet.

Sincerely,

YMCA DC Youth Mayor Christian Robles