Three University High School students spent the weekend of Sept. 9-10 in Washington, D.C., meeting with elected officials, judges, and even a Cabinet member.

Senior Ryan Williams, sophomore Noah Laramore, and freshman Sydney Williams were three of dozens of students nationwide who participated in the 2017 On the Hill Summit, the 6th biennial Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated National Legislative Event.

Because Jack and Jill of America is a membership organization of mothers, students attended this Summit with their mothers. The goal was to bring substantive and legitimate issues to our country’s Congressional leaders from members of the African-American organization. For students, it gave an important glimpse into the many facets of our federal government and how they can get involved in the process.

“I think the Summit helped us recognize how the (government) process starts and how it works,” said Ryan Williams. “Not everyone in our nation knows exactly what the legislative branch does in the electoral process, or the executive branch, or the Cabinet.”

“We had a bunch of meetings where we talked to elected officials (like Andre Carson and staff from Susan Brooks’s office) about how we can make a difference and how it’s not just about us, it’s about the difference we can make,” added Sydney Williams. “It was a little intimidating because they were so accomplished, but it was actually really inspiring.”

Students also visited Howard University, an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) while at the Summit.

Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2 – 19, dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.