Shortly after she got into the car at the end of the Excel Conference, Cathie was telling me about a project she and some other local students have decided to take on. She tells me it’s called “The Center for Student Rights.” Naturally, I asked her some questions about it! Her answers are in italics.
What is the purpose of the group? We started talking about how (NY Governor) Eliot Spitzer discontinued the annual Prayer Breakfast for the state when he took office. We decided to take on organizing one to show that students care about praying with and for our government.
What do you have in mind? We’re hoping to hold it on May 7 at the Empire State Convention Center in Albany. That’s the same place as the previous prayer breakfasts were held. We found out that John Richmond (Exec Dir of Capital District YFC) would book the place for us. The students will be entirely planning the event and program – choosing speakers, inviting people, all the details.
What’s next? The students involved are setting up a facebook group and getting together again in a few weeks to talk about plans, fund raising, publicity and stuff. Before then, I need to research some things – people to contact, things like that – and talk to some people.
It was just about 2 weeks ago that Cathie, who is 15, was aggravated because she has opinions about public policy, but isn’t old enough to vote. At that point I reminded her that she has a voice and she can use it. It seems that she’s found a way to do just that. Stay tuned, and if you’re so inclined, keep these determined students in prayer.