On the road to Austin to promote

HB 1640—Life Skills counselor. April 2019

My visit to Austin and the state Capitol is one of the best experiences I have ever had.


I met new people. I even got to seat in the Governors Capitol office.


We eat lots of food, meet many representatives, and other exciting events, I had a lot of fun.

 

My favorite part was being able to connect with other STYC members, and learn that we are passionate about our life skills bill.


We walked so much because, from office to 

office feeling that we were making a difference on lives many students, and for the betterment of Texas.

 

Submitted: April 2019

In their own words.

members

When adults hear of high school students going to the Capitol, they usually associate it with the concept of “They will be touring” or “They will be attending an event that will be going on” not “They will be lobbying a bill” or “They will be meeting with Representatives to promote for the betterment of the education system” especially if they are from South Texas.


This trip as we were told was

about business, gaining 

experience, and ensuring that   

we were able to acquire all the

support possible for HB 1640,

however that was not all the

other STYC members and me

took learned in this trip. Many

might think that the hardest

part of this trip was speaking to

Representatives or finding our      

way around the Capitol, but in 

fact it was walking around

360,000 square feet (not including the capitols extensions) with the wrong shoe wear, trying not to get my heels unstuck in the elevator, and sometimes even being treated unprofessionally by adults we were supposed to meet with.


As I reflect on this trip that happened nearly a week ago I still cannot wrap my mind around all we were able to accomplish. From being treated like family by Representative J.M. Lozano to taking a picture with Representative James Tallerico. Our trip to the Texas State Captiol was filled with uncontrollable laughter, great food, and most importantly desire amongst us as an organization to help the future high schoolers to come.


I will always remember all the great memories created throughout our trip and I hope to continue making a difference for the Public Education System in the State of Texas even after I graduate high school.


Submitted: April 2019