Harrison Boucher of Crookston, who will be a senior at Crookston High School in the fall, last week attended the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington D.C.
He was fortunate to be able to speak with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and meet with one of U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson's aides.
Harrison’s parents are Mike and JoElle Boucher.
More about the NYLC
This summer, outstanding high school students from across the United States will take part in a unique leadership development conference in our nation’s capital. During the 9-day program, the National Young Leaders Conference (NYLC) will provide scholars with the opportunity to interact with a variety of personnel who operate within the three branches of government, the news media and the international community.
“NYLC prepares students to serve our country well, whether that means as elected officials in our nation’s capital, as active members within communities around the world or as intelligent, creative and responsible members of the work force,” said Marguerite Regan, Ph.D., Dean of Academic Affairs for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC), the organization that sponsors the Conference. “Through a series of simulations, we place these young leaders in the proverbial driver’s seat on a variety of issues facing our country today. Their determination, as shown within the Conference, is a good indicator of the types of leaders we will see in the future.”
Past highlights of this program have included welcoming remarks by a current or former member of Congress, made from the floor of the House of Representatives — a privilege that is seldom afforded to other groups. Students have also had opportunities to interact with prominent members of the Washington press corps at the National Press Club, in addition to meeting with senators and representatives or appointed staff members to discuss important issues facing the nation.
To complement the schedule of special meetings and briefings, students will participate in a number of leadership skill-building activities and simulations. In one role-play activity titled If I Were President, students act as the president and Cabinet members responding to an international crisis. The Conference culminates with the Model Congress, in which scholars assume the roles of U.S. Representatives and debate, amend, and vote on proposed mock legislation.
CYLC is a nonpartisan, independent, educational organization.
Since 1985, the Council has inspired more than 200,000 young people to achieve their full leadership potential.
For additional information, visit cylc.org.