My Best High School Experience

Youth In Government™ is by far my best high school experience. Many people do not know how to deal with conflicts; they sometimes yell at each other. But at Youth in Government™, I learned that no matter how blatantly different two opinions are, there is always a way to discuss it in an organized and peaceful manner. And by seeing all the conflicts around the world I think that not just Youth in Goverment™ students but everyone should learn that. I also love Youth and Government™ because it is mind blowing to experience the passion and intelligence that high schoolers could have about social issues. During the conferences, I met many, many people from different parts of the state -and the country- and through their bills and speeches they expanded my understanding of people, making me a wiser and better person.

So what am I going to do after Youth and Government™? Afterwards, it is real life. I know for sure that the conflict-solving experience that I gained is going to be useful for hundreds of situations. Youth and Government™ is about getting your voice out there, and making it rumble for the things that you care about; and that is what I am going to do by being an active member of society and politics for the rest of my life. 

My name is Jesus Andres Castaneda Sosa but everyone calls me Jesus. I am seventeen years old. My interests are wide, but I put a lot of effort into all of them. In the academic side, I have been in robotics club for 3 years and, in 2013, my team won the state VEX robotics championship. I also have competed in the math, science, and informatics olympiads. Also, I participated in Youth In Government™ and the Conference on Nationals Affairs (CONA).  After school, I run for cross country and track and field. During my free time, I program websites and economical analysis algorithms, and I also take online college classes of software engineering. I currently live in Bluffton, South Carolina, although I was originally born in Mexico.

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, youth and government, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X, Leadership, Education, CONA, inspiration, the y, YMCA, conflict, resolution, problem solving

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