My Experience at the On The Hill Legislative Summit
In September of this year I attended the Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated On The Hill Legislative Summit in Washington, DC. Founded in 1938, Jack and Jill of America is a national nonprofit organization of successful African-American mothers who are focused on developing their children into leaders through cultural, civic, and social experiences.
It is important to be involved in the political process, including elections, legislative agenda, and other important Civic duties in order to become a global citizen. On September 25th-29th, 2019 Jack and Jill members and teens from across the nation came together in our nation's capital for five legislative advocacy days. This was a wonderful educational experience, and the purpose was to foster service and civic duty as well as leadership development. Students were also exposed to the political process through interviews and meetings with Congressional leaders at the Capitol. I was able to interact with legislators and staffers from my home district.
The purpose of the summit was to empower youth to advocate and take action for their peers and communities. At the beginning of the conference we were briefed on the latest proposals under consideration by the administration and Congress. We were able to walk the halls of Congress and meet with our respective senators and representatives. Some of our areas of focus were equity in education, voting rights, and gun violence.
Overall, I had a wonderful time attending the conference. I met and interacted with other teenagers from across the country. I had the opportunity to go to Capitol Hill and see how the political process works. I was able to go to the offices of Senator Mark Warner, Senator Tim Kaine, Representative Jennifer Wexton, and Representative Gerry Connolly. It was a great learning experience.
Written by: Pilar A., Class of 2022