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"Youth in Government fosters those leadership qualities which are necessary for their future successes - dedication, commitment, compromise, and respect. I know first hand, I participated in the program when I was in high school and it lit the fire of my desire to become a legislator." - The Honorable Dennis A. Ross, Florida House of Representative (District 63)
"Through YIG I learned that criticism could truly be constructive." - Caitlin Gross, 2002-2006
"YIG does more than merely teach by telling you about government, it involves you in the process, I learned more by doing than any classroom could ever try to teach" - Rebekah Hammond, 2003-2007
"Youth In Government made me more confident with myself and my abilites, a better public speaker, and I created freindships well beyond the confines of my local chapter." - Lauren Robertson, 2002-2006
"Without YIG I do not think I would have ever realized my full potential as a peer leader. I will never be able to give back enough to the program in thanks for what it has given me." - Randall Moss, 1994-1996
"Youth IN Government properly connotes the program's true intentions and effects -- allowing students to actively participate in government process." - Cynthia Beldner, 1996-2000
"I can remember fondly my days in the Bowen Senate, learning the basics of parliamentary procedure and meeting so many new people from around the state who shared my interest in government, and my favorite part of YIG is that you really grow up together. As I look around and see so many of my first-year counterparts leading chapters and excelling on a statewide level, I realize that, together, our generation of YIG has learned democracy." - AJ Betts, 2004-2008
"The program is not about kids and a governmental lesson or two, its about the youth taking part IN the governmental processes." - Erin Ritz
"Youth In Government has changed me as a person. I've come to realize that YIG isn't just a program, it's a lifestyle and family." - Neda Ahson, 2001-2005
"I think that I've learned more about life and about myself in that short amount of time than I have in years of living as your ordinary Florida high school student. I left the mountain a different person." (referring to her CONA experience) - Barbara DePeña, 2004-2008
"When I look back on it, I think what I liked best about the whole thing was being able to wander around the capitol in a suit and feel important." -Elliot Hawkes, 2002-2004
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