By Noah McNelley
2016 Youth Governor
Welcome to Alabama’s 68th Youth Legislature! I ran for youth governor with the goal to inspire. I wanted to see change. I wanted to connect with people in the age of disconnection. I wanted people to understand that this privilege should not be wasted. Delegates, this weekend we, as a team, can make this dream a reality.
This weekend, you will have your beliefs questioned and your opinions challenged. You will acquire skills and spark friendships that will span the duration of your life. Do not waste a single moment of this conference because within a blink of an eye this weekend will be gone, and we will be wondering where all the time went. Do not be afraid of this weekend — wholeheartedly accept and experience the opportunities the conference will bear. Do not hesitate to raise your placard. Do not hesitate to swing debate. Do not hesitate to extend your hand and introduce yourself. Do not hesitate for your voice to be heard. Do not hesitate to experience Youth Legislature.
Youth Legislature provides an opportunity for students to model the Alabama Legislature. This is accomplished by the stage being set for students to voice their opinions — but it is just as important for students to voice their opinions as it is to listen to others as well. Do not close yourself off with preconceived notions and squander an opportunity to broaden your horizons and learn something new.
I look forward to a great weekend with each of you and cannot wait to see you all excel as we experience the best Youth Legislature yet! Have a great weekend!