The Home School Court Report
Vol. XXVI
No. 5
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2010

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Generation Joshua Road Trip for Freedom

From spring through early summer of 2010, Generation Joshua traveled to homeschool conferences across the nation, teaching teens the importance of limited government, citizenship, and understanding the United States Constitution.

GenJ students at a Texas teen track.
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In Houston, students hold a presidential debate during the iElect teen track.
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During these conference teen tracks, our goal was two-fold: to educate young people about our Constitution and system of government, and to inspire them to use their God-given talents to make a difference in our country. Four programs were used to teach these principles.

Our mock presidential election, iElect, provided teenagers with the opportunity to hold primaries, nominate presidential candidates, raise “GenJ money” to spend on advertisements and signs, and campaign to parents and conference attendees for votes. Students learned not only about the hard work involved in an election, but that every vote counts.

A mock constitutional amendment program, iAmend, cast young people as members of Congress drafting proposed amendments. Amendments that passed by the required two-thirds vote then had to be ratified by the teens' parents. We used this exciting simulation to teach teenagers how they could get involved in passing constitutional amendments that they care about.

In our mock legislature, iAdvocate, students formed caucuses, drafted proposed legislation, and then learned how to use Robert’s Rules of Order in a congressional body.

iElect candidates
Courtesy of Toni Cavicchi
Generation Joshua Deputy Director Jemeriah Lorrig gets a photo op with iElect candidates for president and vice president.

During iObject, a grand jury simulation, teenagers played the members of a 1930s grand jury, investigating mafia activities. Through this program, students learned about due process, the Constitution, and the court system.

At the Information Network for Christian Homes convention held in Michigan this past May, students attending iElect formed political parties, drafted party platforms, and ran for president. Then they “got out the vote” among their parents and other conference attendees.

“I learned so much,” said Rebekah, one of the iElect participants. “Many government functions and processes were solidified in my mind. The hands-on experience was amazing and helped me understand politics better.”

Through these interactive programs, something more important than just education happened. Students were inspired to step up and make a difference in their communities and in our nation!