By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)- – Congressman Paul Cook (R-CA08) was pleased to support and welcome the Young People’s Project for the Presidential Inauguration. Cook’s office was contacted by Apple Valley resident Brenda Travis, who founded the Brenda Travis Foundation for Historical Education. Travis is a McComb, Mississippi native who moved to California in 1966. Now a constituent of Congressman Cook’s, she remains involved in civic affairs in her Mississippi hometown. Said Travis, “The Young People’s Project is a group of young people with whom I, as well as others are working with to develop leaders and organizers. We hope to inspire them and other young leaders to change the future.
These young people have been learning their local and national history and successfully developing relationships and collaborations with local, regional and national civil rights elders, community leaders, and social change activists.” After successfully helping the group of twelve students raise funds for the DC trip, she still did not have tickets for them to attend the inauguration. Congressman Cook was happy to help. Cook, a former college professor, stressed the importance of education, saying “Regardless of party affiliation, participating in the inauguration is an educational and formative experience for our young people. I was pleased to meet the students and am honored to have contributed to their experience.” The Young People’s Project has chapters in seven states.
Their mission statement is to “develop students ages 8-22 from traditionally marginalized populations as learners, teachers, leaders, and organizers through math and media literacy, community-building, and advocacy in order to build a unique network of young people who are better equipped to navigate life’s circumstances, are active in their communities, and advocate for education reform in America.”