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Mr. Smith Goes to… Tallahassee?

Quinton Cools July 03, 2018
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It was the summer of 1776. The Continental Congress was meeting in Philadelphia at what would later become Independence Hall. “The Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies’ independence.” Tensions rose, and arguments were raised from all sides. “Amid heated debate, Congress postponed the vote on Lee’s resolution,” but appointed a committee “to draft a formal statement justifying the break with Great Britain.” And on July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of Lee’s resolution for independence.” (History)

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Penned by Thomas Jefferson, these words established the foundation of a nation. One might say that on this day in history, the United States of America was born. “On July 4th, the Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence, which had been written largely by Jefferson. Though the vote for actual independence took place on July 2nd, from then on the 4th became the day that was celebrated as the birth of American independence.” (History)


Among other things, TeenPact exists to help students understand the political process, value liberty, and engage the culture. We have found that the best way to learn is to do. Therefore, we use a hands-on, onsite approach to our leadership training. We do not simply talk about the political process. We do the political process. We go to the capitals of states all across the country to better understand, appreciate, and engage.


Learning about state and local government is a great place to start. That’s why all of our students begin their TeenPact experience at our signature State Class. But that’s just the beginning. You haven’t tasted the full TeenPact experience until you’ve been to our nation-wide Alumni Events for graduates of the Four Day Class. And if it’s the Mock Legislature you love, look no further than TeenPact Congress.


Imagine this. You wake up to The TeenPact Times and skim the latest headlines to see if President Gould’s administration has changed their position on the bill you presented yesterday. You check your schedule and see that you have a committee hearing in the early morning, followed by a session in the House of Representatives. You take a deep breath, you check your hair in the mirror, and you walk out the door. Say hello to TeenPact Congress.


Come learn, practice, and defend the theory and process of representing citizens and making public policy. As a legislator, you will have the opportunity to sponsor bills, participate in committee meetings, and work with lobbyists, as well as debate and amend bills on the floors of the Florida House and Senate Chambers. Those interested in our media track will be able to take part in live press conferences and interviews, followed by the opportunity to report on their investigative findings.


TeenPact Congress will be held at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee, FL this August 5-10, 2018! Nearly 100 students are already signed up from all across the country. Will you join us?





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Quinton Cools

Quinton Cools grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and like any true Oregonian, he can identify the perfect cup of coffee. Quinton’s love for… Read More