Ben Rush Participants Protect Freedom and Receive College Money
These are tough times, and as homeschoolers, we feel it as much as anyone. The price of everything from postage and curriculum to food and clothing has gone up, while many of our incomes have gone down. Our children grow older, and we soon face the question, “How do I pay for college?” Our government continues to grow, and threats to our freedom, such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, loom on the horizon.
Believe it or not, Home School Legal Defense Association’s Generation Joshua division may have something that will help you with all of these problems: the Benjamin Rush Awards Program. Ben Rush, as it’s known, is designed to get middle and high school students involved in their communities, states, and country, while rewarding them for their efforts and even helping some of them pay for college.
Benjamin Rush (1745-1813) was a signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, physician, and founder of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.
IN THE BEN RUSH
Named after one of the United States’ Founders who encouraged young people to get involved in the early years of our nation, the concept of Ben Rush is fairly simple: current Generation Joshua members are encouraged to become active participants in GenJ activities in their community. Such activities range from forming GenJ clubs for community involvement to registering voters and lobbying their state legislature about issues that concern them. As the students work on a wide range of issues and activities, they compete with other motivated young people all across the nation for iPods, gift certificates, and ultimately, college scholarships.
Ben Rush consists of five competition levels, each one with a higher level of awards. Students who want to work only a few hours every month can try the Citizen level. Those looking for a greater challenge can participate in the Activist level, and those who really want to make a difference in our country—and win college scholarships—can try the Patriot, Signer, or Statesman levels. The awards are based on the total number of points that participants earn, with finalists at the top three levels earning a $500, $750, or $1000 scholarship to a college or university of their choice.
There is no limit to the number of students who can participate, but Ben Rush 2009’s completion date is November 3. Interested students should sign up quickly, so they have a chance to get caught up in points. There are many awards, so each participant will win a prize, but the college scholarships are reserved for participants with the highest point totals.
A recent addition to the program is
that, instead of just registering voters, participants can also recruit signers for ParentalRights.org’s petition against the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. A student can either register the required number of voters, or recruit twice that number to sign the Parentalrights.org petition.
Obviously, Ben Rush is not the
answer to all of the problems homeschoolers are facing, but it can help. Generation Joshua students participating in the Ben Rush program are making a difference in our nation, working to protect homeschooling and parental rights for years to come, and helping cover costs for their future college degree.
Ben Rush Awards Program participants must be Generation Joshua members,
but there are no additional costs. More information is available at www.generationjoshua.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 540-338-8608.
| About the authors|
Will Estrada is the director of Generation Joshua. Lucas Mason is one of two Generation Joshua program administrators.