Arkansas students are actively playing a positive, productive role in their communities, our state and country. I’ve been impressed by the many young Arkansans I meet who identify a problem and take action to be part of the solution. With their hard work and dedication, they are improving the lives of their neighbors, friends and others who need a helping hand.
I recently had the opportunity to meet Arkansas youth who are dedicating their time to personal growth and public service through their participation in the Congressional Award program. This award recognizes excellence and service among young Americans who are challenged to set goals and achieve them in specific areas. The program encourages our youth to make positive choices and reinforces the values that set the foundation for the next generation of leaders. It is a worthwhile experience that is incredibly fulfilling for our youth and the organizations where they dedicate their service.
The Congressional Award is celebrating its partnership with 4-H. This collaboration will open more doors to students interested in improving themselves and their community. I am proud to support this program that challenges young Arkansans to develop valuable skills that will help shape their future.
This school year my office launched our inaugural Congressional Youth Cabinet, a nonpartisan initiative that has allowed young people first-hand experience to engage in the democratic process. Students from each of Arkansas’s four congressional districts participated in the program, which provided them with exposure to the legislative process and presented opportunities to seek out advocacy and civic engagement.