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William Caglia will join 200 middle school students at the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C.
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William Caglia will join 200 middle school students from throughout the United States at the Junior National Young Leaders Conference from July 23 through Aug. 1 in Washington, D.C.

Themed “The Legacy of American Leadership” the conference introduces young people to the rich tradition of leadership throughout American history, while helping them develop their own leadership skills.

Caglia, the son of Tony and Donna Caglia of South Lake Tahoe, is an eight-grader at South Tahoe Middle School.

“The aim of the Junior National Young Leaders Conference is to inspire students like William Caglia 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 Mike Lasday, executive director of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, 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 program, Caglia will take part in traditional activities and presentations as well as meet with elected officials and key congressional staff members on Capitol Hill. Participants will also visit historical sites such as Colonial Williamsburg, Harpers Ferry, the National Museum of American History and Washington, D.C.’s monuments and memorials.

In addition to examining notable U.S. leaders and historic figures, Caglia will 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. JrNYLC participants will also put their own leadership skills to the test as they examine some of today’s leading issues such as poverty and the environment, and develop plans for addressing these issues back home. 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 nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization. Since 1985 the council has inspired more than 200,000 young people to achieve their full leadership potential. Nearly 425 members of the U.S. Congress join our commitment by serving on the CYLC Honorary Congressional Board of Advisors.

For more information visit http://www.cylc.org.

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