Sometimes teens need a little extra guidance when they are unsure of which career path to choose. For Victoria, Youth and Government gave her just that, with some added advantages.

Now a senior in high school, Victoria has been participating in the YMCA’s Youth and Government Program since eighth grade. Created  to prepare students for responsible leadership in the American democratic process by providing guidance, training and experience in the theory and practice of determining public policy, Youth and Government gives kids the support and opportunities to figure out who they are and what they can achieve.

“I love the program because it has given me so much insight about the world around me, especially within the government,” Victoria says. “It also has helped me prepare for my future career in law, which I will begin pursuing shortly after graduation in May of this year.”

Victoria credits the YMCA Youth  and Government Program for helping her persist and remain focused on her life goals. She, like so many youth who benefit from this program, feels more confident in her abilities, and is more independent and able to make sound decisions while she continues to develop a strong character and work ethic.

Proof positive of her hard work, Victoria was delighted to learn she has been accepted to five colleges, and each of them has offered more than $10,000 in scholarships.

“Participating in Youth and Government is an opportunity of a lifetime,” she explains. “I would encourage any young teen that isn’t sure as to what career path they might choose to join this program.” 

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