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September 18, 2013
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Letter: Help local youth experience government with Y.E.S. program

Say Y.E.S. to youth summit

I would like to let our community know about a new statewide program for our youth. Any high school sophomore or junior with a grade point average of 3.2 or higher can participate. The program is called the Youth Education Summit, or Y.E.S. Ten students from Oregon get to go to Salem, tour the Capitol and experience how our state government works.

They also visit the Hallie Brown Ford Museum and several other historical sites around the capital, make speeches and compete for scholarships. Two of the 10 students will be chosen to receive a weeklong, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the National Y.E.S.

This is an excellent opportunity for Douglas County youth to add to their scholarship funds.

Last year was our first event. We had seven participants and numerous volunteers from our community. State Rep. Tim Freeman took them onto the House floor and into a committee meeting. Others who helped make this happen were: Oakland High school student and 2012 National Y.E.S. participant Ben Barnes, Jaynee Germond, Linda Hellenthal, Trisha Barnes, Ben Barnes Sr., Kathy Book and myself. This was a very rewarding experience and I would encourage anyone to become involved.

Please spread the word and let’s see Douglas County represented at this year’s event. Applications are available at

Katie Jones


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