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NY Mills 7th-grader to take historic walk in D.C.

On March 8, Adam McWane-Creek, a New York Mills 7th-grader, will join 250 outstanding middle school students from across the United States to take part in an extraordinary leadership conference in Washington, D.C. Adam was nominated by Ruth Koehler, his former 6th-grade teacher who recognized his leadership potential within the classroom, school and community. After being nominated and accepted, Adam then had the task of raising $1,850 to attend. With the help of family, friends and the New York Mills community, Adam reached his goal.

Themed Voices of Leadership: Reflecting on the Past to create the Future, the Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC) introduces young people to the rich tradition of leadership throughout American history, while helping them develop their own leadership skills.

"The aim of the Junior National Young Leaders Conference is to inspire students to recognize their own leadership skills, measure their skills against those of current and former leaders and return home with new found confidence in their ability to exercise positive influence within their communities," said Marguerite Regan, Dean of Academic Affairs for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC), the organization that sponsors JrNYLC. "Young people are not only welcome in Washington, D.C., they actually keep this city and our country running."

During the six-day program, scholars take part in educational activities and presentations; they also may meet with elected officials and key Congressional staff members on Capitol Hill. Students visit relevant sites, such as Harpers Ferry, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.'s monuments and memorials. In addition to examining notable U.S. leaders and historic figures, students study the impact of leadership throughout critical periods of American history including the Civil War and Reconstruction, World War II, the Great Depression and the Civil Rights Movement. Upon completion of JrNYLC, students gain a greater sense of understanding of the role of individuals in American democracy, as well as the responsibilities of being a leader.

CYLC is a nonpartisan educational organization. Since 1985, the Council has inspired more than 200,000 young people to achieve their full leadership potential. Members of the U.S. Congress join their commitment by serving on the CYLC Honorary Congressional Board of Advisors. In addition, more than 40 embassies participate in the Council's Honorary Board of Embassies.