Last weekend I worked a conference with Dan for HSLDA, and was so excited to have the opportunity to observe the Teen Tract that GenJ offered. I was very impressed with their leadership and how they got the youth excited to get involved.
Are any of you actively involved in preserving liberty in your local area? Have you written letters; made phone calls? Do you have stories, ideas, or advice that you could share with us?
Thursday, May 20, 2010
From Sarah H:
Being a youth under the voting age, I was wondering if you have any suggestions of ways we can help preserve our liberty? Prayer is definitely the most powerful, but do you have other ideas for just normal youth citizens?
I appreciated the advice from one of my readers: Study the constitution. Familiarize yourself with how the government works. Write letters.
So...where to start? I find that it is easy to have ideas and ambition, but too often it remains a lofty ideal -- and nothing ever happens. How does one break the big picture into little steps that actually make a difference?
An organization I am very excited about (and wish I'd gotten involved with in my teenage years!) is a division of HSLDA called "Generation Joshua." It was founded in 2003 by Mike Farris, Mike Smith, and the HSLDA Board of Trustees. It is designed for Christian youth between the ages of 11 and 19 with a goal to ignite a vision in young people to help America return to her foundations. They provide students with hands-on opportunities to implement that vision with online courses, GenJ clubs, and several other events.
To quote their website:
Generation Joshua exists to train this generation and equip them to posses the land and establish the principles began by the previous Moses Generation. Generation Joshua seeks to train the next generation of leaders by helping to elect godly leaders today...
As the Generation Joshua Program continues to grow, more conservative godly youth get involved in the political system making a real difference in our nation. The future of Generation Joshua will continue to be an exciting journey as the next generation shapes this nation and becomes tomorrow’s leaders.