Ten commissioners of the Donaldsonville Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council experienced government in action while attending the National League of Cities Congressional City Conference March 4-9 in Washington, D.C.

At the conference, the students met with more than 200 other youth delegates, mayors and council members from around the country and participated in workshops at the National Youth Convention, a mock national convention, said council coordinator Tamiko Garrison.

During the National Youth Convention, youth delegates were able to cast Louisiana delegate votes for both the Democratic and Republican parties’ presidential candidates. On March 9, MYAC members attended a reception at the U.S. Capitol hosted by Congressman Garrett Graves. Graves and his staff provided a behind-the-scenes tour of the Capitol.

On March 10, the teens were briefed by members of President Barack Obama’s staff. They toured the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Howard University, Georgetown University and various parts of the city.

“It was an awesome experience” said Tamiko Terraz Stroud, president of MYAC. “Meeting various elected officials from different cities throughout the U.S. was inspiring. Also having the opportunity to sit in the Chambers of the U.S. House of Representatives was breathtaking.”

MYAC is a group of young leaders committed to making a difference in Donaldsonville, Garrison said. They work on issues important to youth, talk to their peers, families and neighbors about their concerns and take action to address them. MYAC commissioners represent high school students in their schools and neighborhoods.