by Emily Tindall, CYD Program Manager
For the last two weeks, I have been working hard alongside TAP-pers Natalie Goodnow and Keri Boyd on the Courage in Action All-Star Camp. There were 16 kids in attendance, who worked together to identify an issue, assemble a team, come up with a plan, and implement it. These kids were so dedicated- they came every day, worked hard and retained enthusiasm.
They chose to focus on the rights of the child, as stated by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. There are only two countries in the UN that have not ratified this convention – The United States and Somalia – and the kids decided to raise awareness about this topic. They wanted to convince the City of Austin to pass a resolution in support.
Today we went to City Hall to present the issue to city council members and the mayor. The students gave speeches, as well as showed a video they made. They were able to have a tour of city hall, learn about the processes that occur there and how our city government is run, as well as meet the mayor and city council members.
Today was one of my proudest moments to be a TAP employee. Seeing the look on the kid’s faces as they proudly stood and gave their speeches, as they shyly yet excitedly shook the hand of our mayor, and hearing their declarations of intent to work at city hall one day made my heart fill and threaten to overflow.
I was reminded today that these children are our future, and I am proud to know that the future will be full of bright, dedicated, and successful courageous leaders.