Read and Share Jackie's Story
Take a few moments to share this story from Jackie Duan about her experiences in the Y's Youth & Government.
Jackie Duan on
Youth & Government:
"About three years ago, I moved to the United States from China. I spoke poor English, but I was very confident and ready to overcome all obstacles that awaited me. However, unable to speak the language very well or to fit in easily, I was unprepared, confused and completely lost in this foreign world, uncertain of who I was and what I would become.
Gradually, I turned into the shy and quiet girl who I was not born to be -- until a phenomenal program called Youth & Government changed everything.
I was elected by 2,600 of my peers to serve them, making it the first time that life has turned in my favor since I moved to the U.S. Who would have thought a girl who came from a communist country with insufficient English could ever stand a chance at winning a democratic election?
The program provided a place for me to reach my full potential and a platform to display my hard work. I was a timid girl turned assertive and invincible overnight.
To me, Youth & Government is far more than just a Y program. It is an inspiration, a friend, a milestone, and, most of all, a pat on the back when you need it the most."