I attended my first State class in 2005 as a senior in high school. Like many first time students I attended only at the request of my parents and mainly because they threatened to hold my diploma till I attended a TeenPact class. After that week my attitude towards TeenPact and politics were forever changed. I enjoyed the easy learning atmosphere, the friendly competition and especially the Biblical emphasis both during the day sessions as well as the evening devotionals with the guest director. Many of the lessons I learned that week have stayed with me to this day.
Because of the impact TeenPact had on my life, I am now working as a Legislative Assistant for a State Representative in Oklahoma. I love being on the front lines of government and having a hand in making of history, but most of all, it is exciting to be a witness for Christ in this world. I eagerly look forward to later this month when TeenPact students will be at the Capitol, and I hope I have the opportunity to meet the next group of Future Statesmen.
from TeenPact Oklahoma
As a TeenPact alumnus of several years, and now a sophomore in college, I have seen much fruit from my experience with TeenPact as both a student and a leader. This fall I was accepted into a program through which I’ll be interning with Senator Stephen Martin of Chesterfield County, Virginia during the upcoming legislative session. TeenPact has been instrumental in giving me the experience and state knowledge needed to acquire this internship, and I know that what I’ve gained from TeenPact will be invaluable assets during my internship. I am truly grateful for the way TeenPact has molded into a better leader, and sparked the passion I have for involvement in my government. “Turning students into statesmen” isn’t just a catchy motto.
from TeenPact Virginia
I attended my first TeenPact one day class eight years ago and my first four day class five years ago. I was so blessed to find out about it and my life has been changed ever since. I find myself more spiritually grounded as well as being aware of what is going on in America. I now follow elections more closely and I understand the process. Through TeenPact, I have been able to meet many of my elected state officials and I still keep in contact with them. TeenPact taught me many important spiritual lessons as well as practical lessons. I am very blessed for what God has done in my life because of TeenPact.
from TeenPact Arizona
TeenPact has blessed my life incredibly! It has taught me not only valuable spiritual lessons like the importance of prayer and the need to be living for God, but also practical lessons like how to be a good citizen and how to be more confident in all kinds of situations. I’ve met some of my best friends through TeenPact, friends who don’t only live in my state but across the country. That has taught me the invaluable skill of staying in touch with people. TeenPact is a unique ministry equipping teenagers to be amazing for God!
from TeenPact Connecticut
My mom and dad signed my brother and I up for our first State class in February of 2004. Honestly, I did not want to attend a week of “government lectures,” little did I know what an exaggeration that was and what difference the class would make in my life. I ended up going anyway and, after the first afternoon all my opinions about Teen Pact changed! From that moment on I have throughly enjoyed any and all the TP events I have attended (two State classes, and five Survivals). During these past years I have had many opportunities to apply what I have learned at each of the various events, and meet many Christian friends through TP gatherings, several of the current Staff being some of my dearest friends! Teen Pact opened my eyes to a whole new view of politics and continues to inspire me.
from TeenPact New Mexico
The TeenPact program has impacted my life more than I ever imagined. Going into the class, I expected to just learn how the government works, but the teaching within the class went far beyond that . TeenPact taught me great life lessons. I learned my responsibilty as a Christian to take a stand for what is right and practical ways that I could be the aroma of Christ in the world around me. By participating in mock legislature, campaigns, and rallies, I also gained leadership skills through teaching, working with people, and handling difficulties. God has definitely used the TeenPact program to provide instruction and opportunities for me to affect our world for Him in real and exciting ways.
from TeenPact Florida
Teenpact has taught me how interesting government and politics can be. I learned how to get more involved in positive culture change and the importance of taking advantage of our religious freedom. I’ve made and kept many friends from Teenpact–it is a great opportunity for social networking for homeschoolers. As daunting as the homework at first seemed, is showed me how easy it is to research important issues. At Teenpact, I really learned how to step out of my comfort zone. The staff members, though they are very young, were very mature leaders. The devotionals and worship music times in the mornings really put the whole day in focus. My favorite part of the classes was listening to the speakers and getting to ask them tough questions. Teenpact taught me a lot about the workings of government, but more importantly it showed me how I can be more involved in any large projects, and the necessity of making God the focus of everything we do.
from TeenPact Massachusetts
Teenpact was an amazing and very beneficial experience. The class not only taught me about government—it completely immersed me in life at the state capitol. The result of this was practical, useful knowledge in the governmental sphere. All TeenPact events effortlessly meld politics, spirituality, and fun. I highly recommend the TeenPact state class and National Convention to all students!
from TeenPact Hawaii
Prior to attending my first TeenPact state class in Anchorage, Alaska, government and politics were never up front in my personal interests, nor did I ever concern myself with my own responsibility to be involved in them. Not only did I learn more about government that week than ever before, I was also challenged to look at my own life seriously and consider my own duty both as a citizen and as a Christian to be involved in government. Furthermore, my involvement in TeenPact has provided me with opportunities to mature spiritually and encouraged me be a leader amongst my peers. I have found the humility and godly examples of the staff which I have both served with and sat under to be a profound blessing and an incredible encouragement in my life. I count myself blessed to have had the opportunity to serve God in this way and am thankful to Him for what he has accomplished in my life through TeenPact.
from TeenPact Alaska
After many years of TeenPact’s one-day class, I finally had the opportunity to attend the State class. Having heard much about it from older siblings I was very eager to participate myself. I was not disappointed. I learned so much about government, more than I had anticipated. Unfortunately I have not yet had the opportunity to attend as an alumnus; however, I have had the privilege to attend three TeenPact Survival camps. Each time I gained a greater knowledge of the skills such as making shelters, varmint traps, fires, and water stills, as well as the value of working on a team. More than anything though I drew closer to God at each camp through morning and evening sessions, daily personal devotions, and physically demanding activities. I highly recommend TeenPact events for any student.
from TeenPact New Mexico
At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, TeenPact has had a tremendous impact on our family. When our oldest two children attended the first-ever Connecticut class in 2004, none of us had a very clear understanding of what we were getting into, but our family has never been the same since then!
TeenPact has taught our children about government and citizenship, and it has helped us all to feel at home in our state Capitol. It has demonstrated how to live out one’s faith in the real world. It has introduced us to like-minded families all over the country, and significantly expanded our children’s circle of godly friends (this may be our children’s favorite aspect!). It has provided many opportunities for them to be stretched and to grow in spiritual knowledge and maturity. But perhaps the greatest blessing has been the training they have received in servant leadership, along with opportunities to apply that training in a number of capacities within the ministry (including regional field representative, state coordinator, TeenPact president, traveling and local staff, and student).
We are blessed with eight children, from age 21 down to age 7, so we look forward to many more years of profiting from TeenPact’s ministry!
from TeenPact Connecticut
My 9 year old daughter recently attended a TeenPact one-day class here in Montgomery for the first time. Neither one of us had any idea what to expect. We were both pleasantly surprised at the fun and exciting, not to mention, educational day we had. She had prepared diligently and had done all of her homework. She LOVED Tim Echols book “Real Citizenship” although some of it was over her head. She was excited about sitting in the house of rep’s and voting on pretend bills. She said it made her feel like she was in charge of the state. After a friend asked me about it later, I said, “You know when Christians are doing something in an excellent manner and being how they are supposed to be? Well, that’s what it was like.” Your teenage/college interns were so nice and helpful. I have never seen such mature and confident leaders at such a young age. They helped my daughter to feel comfortable from the beginning. It was such a positive experience for us, I just had to let you know how much we enjoyed it and how much we learned. I was glad my daughter got to be around such influential young people to see what you “can” become even in this culture. So rare. She said she wants to attend TeenPact every year.
from TeenPact Alabama
I have been so impressed with the TeenPact students on every occasion I have had to speak to them. These bright, polite, enthusiastic kids show their eagerness to learn by listening intently and asking the most thoughtful and probing questions. They will go far in life and we will all be better for it.
This program gives young people a very hands-on experience of their government in action. The children get to meet elected officials and hear testimony of God’s influence in their lives.
It has been an honor and pleasure to sponsor TeenPact in Tallahassee for the past 6 years. These young people come to the Capitol prepared to learn, eager to involve themselves in the Legislative process and are a prime examples of the best of our youth today. Most importantly, they are models for what is right with home-schooling and demonstrate the tremendous influence family can have on the upbringing of their children. I am convinced that TeenPact is the seed for changing future generations and the catalyst for developing future leaders of our Great State.
Twenty years in the Kentucky House of Representatives has taught me one very important thing about leadership. Public policy is determined more by the majority of the House leadership (three members) than the consensus of the other 97 members. The only hope for promoting the values of America’s Founding Fathers in the next generation is to inspire, train, and support young Americans willing to prepare themselves to lead their generation for the glory of God. The TeenPact Leadership School is one of the only truly effective organizations providing an answer for a new generation of Christians who will be greatly out numbered by those holding non-Biblical views.
I really do believe that the world is run by those who show up. TeenPact teaches people to be effective in government and encourages them to show up.
TeenPact’s hands-on and enthusiastic teaching methods are the best way to bring government to life, make it interesting, and show young people how to get involved. Young people with a biblical world-view have to be involved if we are ever going to turn the tide away from secularism.
Young people with biblical values and the knowledge of how to put those values to work in maintaining and building a nation are the foundation upon which our re-emergence as a Christian nation must be built.
Not all of them need to run for political office, but all of them need to be involved.
We do need good candidates, but we also need pastors who understand that God formed governments to stand against evil. We need pastors who will preach about participation and about the role of government and the role of Christians in government.
We need attorneys who will study the original intent of the Founders and argue that original intent in the courtroom.
We need community leaders who are informed and respected. These leaders must speak with authority about the issues facing us and guide their friends and neighbors in political participation. Leaders who speak the truth with authority will make an impact.
These roles, filled by TeenPact graduates, are the foundation needed to rebuild this great nation under God.