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Teen track added to conference

By Staff | Mar 9, 2012

Local teens are invited to attend the “I Legislate” training session offered by Generation Joshua taking place during the Eastern Panhandle Home School Conference (EPHSC) on Saturday, Mar. 24.

“I Legislate” features interactive activities simulating what a legislator encounters when drafting and advocating legislation. Teens will choose between competing priorities such as personal legislative goals, the political party goals, and professional agreements made with other participants.

“We start off by drafting legislation in a small committee and then progress to an official legislative session with debates and votes,” says Jeremiah Lorrig, media director with Home School Legal Defense Association. He goes on to explain, “and we focus on doing this with a Christian worldview of civic involvement and how it relates to law and public policy.”

The goal of the day-long teen track offered at the EPHSC is to train students to respond to political pressures and gain an understanding of how our leaders make tough decisions. Ultimately, the day-long workshop trains participants to advocate for Christian principles as they serve their country. A short video about the Generation Joshua was also made.

A minimum of 15 teens are required for EPHSC to offer this option for area youth.

In addition to the training sessions and lunch, the $25 registration fee includes the morning keynote Creation and the Character of God presented by world-renowned speaker Dr. John Morris, president of the Institute for Creation Research and the lunch keynote The Counterfeit Life: Entertainment’s Deceptive Messages about Living Life to the Fullest presented by Phillip Telfer, founder and director of Media Talk 101.

Doors open at 7:30 a.m. for on-site registration and entrance to the exhibit hall and the used curriculum sale.

The morning keynote in the main hall begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the “I Legislate” session for teens and a full slate of workshops for adults at 9:30. a.m. Workshop choices, schedule and pre-registration (preferred) for adults and teens can be found on at ephsc.org/index.htm.

The theme of the conference is “Hidden Treasures” which is based on a Bible passage from Proverbs 24.

The Eastern Panhandle Home School Conference will be held Saturday, Mar. 24 at Covenant Church, 7485 Shepherdstown Pike.