Coco received this invitation in the mail today. I was so proud of her.
She was nominated by one of her teachers.
The above photo is of the invitation, it says
IN HONOR OF YOUR ACADEMIC ACHEIVEMENT
AND LEADERSHIP ABILITY
THE CONGRESSIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO PARTICIPATE
JUNIOR NATIONAL YOUNG LEADERS CONFERENCE
In Washington DC this fall.
We were so excited, we called our parents to boast. We talked about ways to make it happen. The cost is over $2k. Then I googled it. It is not from the US Congress. It is a for profit company named Envision that host these leadership conferences. I am still very proud of her and honored that her teacher chose her, but I am skeptical that this company sends out feelers to our teachers and then the company sends out this invitation. The sample schedules show that she would get to go to all the monuments, the White House, the Library of Congress, etc etc. Keep in mind this is for 5th and 6th graders to go to DC and stay at the National 4H Center for 6 days. The parents can travel with them but we can't attend any of the events.
Have any of you ever heard of these conferences?
Could it make a difference in her life?
I would love to see DC and this might be our perfect opportunity.
I will keep investigating and see what happens.