United Way stops investing in Boys and Girls Club's Youth Legislature; Reinvests in other programs

NBC33 Staff

POSTED: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 4:30pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 5:51pm

The Capital Area United Way decided to reinvest the money used to fund the Youth Legislature.

Paula Braud, the program director of the Boys and Girls Club's Youth Legislature, believes saving this program is important because these students are the future.

"I think it's very important that they try to keep this program because these students are our future. These students will be the future leaders of the state of Louisiana," Braud said.

The Boys and Girls Club's Youth Legislature program's funding will come to a halt, and students are not happy about it.

"I don't like that. This program is really fun, and it's really interesting," Youth Legislature Member Donovan Bailey said. "I want more people to get into it and if they cut off funding then it's going to stop most of that."

For 8th grader Donovan Bailey, this program's important to him because he sees the White House in his future.

"My starting plan is to be a lawyer, but I've always wanted to be the president," Bailey said. "That's been my goal for a really long time and that's what I want my end result to be."

For Ben Smith, he said he's learned more than just how the government works.

"I've learned how to interact with others from different areas of the state and also from different backgrounds," Smith said.

The students hope another organization will invest in them, so they can continue to learn and participate in the civic process.

"Even if your school does participate definitely come and try it out for once. It's a very great experience," Smith said.

"I loved it, and I'm going to continue to love it. I'm going to be here next year," Bailey said.

Braud hopes this will not be the end for them, and that they'll be able to find funding elsewhere.  

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