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YLI Commemorates JFK’s 100th Birthday

The Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) celebrated what would have been John F. Kennedy's 100th birthday with a day of fun-filled activities attended by local children. The day's events were a part of the Center for Politics' Virginia Political History Project (VPHP) during which participants learned significant facts about America's history and government. Local Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, and summer programs brought nearly two hundred children to participate in the event. Activities included a tie-dye station that highlighted President Kennedy’s work with the civil rights movement.

Prior to making colorful t-shirts expressing their unique personalities, children discussed the following quote by John F. Kennedy:

"If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.

Meg Heubeck, YLI Director of Instruction, lead the activity and said, "This is a great way to make students aware of the common history and values we share as Americans." Other activities included a life-sized Jenga game that talked about the policy of containment as well as a space race activity. Reggie Rice, a popular comedian and magician, provided lunchtime entertainment that was enjoyed by all.

The mission of the University of Virginia Center for Politics and its Youth Leadership Initiative is to increase lifelong civic participation. Events such as the VPHP are consistent with this mission in that they build enthusiasm and excitement for American democracy. For more information about the UVA Center for Politics and its programs, visit www.centerforpolitics.org. To learn about all of the FREE resources provided by YLI visit www.youthleadership.net.