Youth Governor Ladd

Youth Governor Lowry

My call to Youth in Government happened in seventh grade. I was in the hallway when my teacher called me to her classroom to watch a meeting for a program I had never even heard about. Little did I know that meeting would change my entire life. I know I sound totally cheesy. Youth in Government gave me my voice and helped me become the person I am today.

I distinctly remember staying in my seat the entire time and just taking everything in. I couldn’t believe that people my age were so passionate about things like climate change, abortion, drug laws, and so many other topical issues. At the same time I felt totally clueless. How am I meant to fit in with these students if I have no idea what half of these issues are?

Flash forward to 2020 Early Conference. I had been stressing all weekend. I was trying to balance NIF and my campaign, when I was announced as Governor. None of that stress mattered. I feel so fortunate that I can help to make Youth in Government better and be a voice for all students across Michigan. MYIG has transformed my life and introduced me to my closet friends. From DLR to CONA I have learned many valuable lessons that have shaped me as a leader, but more importantly as a person. 

Master Yoda once said, “Silence is not simply calmness or quietude. Over all words and thoughts it implies transcendence. A state of beyond, a state of pervasive peace, it denotes.” I encourage everyone to speak up against all the little evils in society. Use your voice and knowledge, even if it means you get knocked down and discounted. The spirit of Youth in Government encourages students to use their voices and lead others to do the same. I hope we can all use the words of Master Yoda to be better delegates, but more importantly better people.

It’s an honor to serve as your 2021 Early Conference Youth Governor. I look forward to serving you. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity.

God Bless you all,
Lexie Ladd

The first time I heard about Michigan Youth In Government was four years before my first actual conference. It was winter of my fifth grade year and my brother came home from a weekend conference. He dragged a suitcase through the door, massive bags under his eyes, and an out of place grin. He had been at a debate conference as a lobbyist: barely slept, met tons of friends, and had the best experience of his life.

And so it went over the next four years, seeing my brothers come home from their conferences, meeting their friends when they visited, and waiting to experience it myself. Freshman year at the fall training conference I finally experienced the magic of Youth In Government, or so I thought. I learned how to write a bill, met delegates while campaigning for a governor candidate, and voted for Presiding Officer– I genuinely had fun, but little did I know that it was just starting; I had taken only my first step on a life changing  journey that would be full of cherished memories. 

    Ever since that first conference, Michigan Youth In Government has taught me more than I could have imagined, and still cannot believe. This program has shown me that I have a voice I can use in the political atmosphere. It has shown me what it means to heed President Eisenhower's call for politics to be the “part time profession of every citizen”. It has introduced me to life long friends with whom I disagree with about nearly every political issue. It has taught me that being a leader often means listening well. But most importantly, this program has given me, and all of us, a place to listen to our peers’ stories from across the state; a place where we can always learn something from our fellow delegates.

    It is a great honor to have been elected to help lead Michigan Youth In Government over the next year. I made one promise in my campaign, and it has become my driving goal: to create a place where every delegate feels welcomed, loved and feels comfortable using their voice to tell their stories. With all of the craziness that 2020 has thrown at us thus far, it will not be easy to achieve this goal whether we are online or in person with restrictions, but with the help of every delegate I am confident that this program will not just persist, but that we will triumph. 

    Thank you for this amazing opportunity; I look forward to leading this program and walking alongside you, the delegates, this year.


Jonathan Lowry

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