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by Will Estrada
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Apple Pies and the Next Generation

“Hello, I need to book a room at your hotel—I’m coming into Salem for Apple Pie Day.” I was all set to attend the lobbying day of the Oregon Christian Home Education Association Network (OCEANetwork), and just needed a room for the night.

Homeschool families lobby on Apple Pie Day.
Jason Vandehey
At OCEANetwork’s Apple Pie Day, homeschoolers get directions to their state legislators’ offices.


“What’s Apple Pie Day?” the hotel clerk asked over the phone.

“Oh, that’s where homeschoolers from all across Oregon meet at the state capitol to give their state legislators homemade apple pies and remind them to protect homeschool freedom.”

The clerk sounded disappointed. “Too bad—I thought you got to throw apple pies at the legislators!”

While you may agree with this hotel clerk, homeschoolers know that our God-given right to direct the education and upbringing of our children requires us to speak up for homeschool freedom. There is no better way to do this than through your state homeschool association’s lobbying day at your state capitol.

This year, I was privileged to attend two capitol lobbying days, one in Oregon and one in Oklahoma. Other HSLDA attorneys spoke at lobbying days in many other states. The state homeschool associations that host these annual lobbying days are able to demonstrate to state legislators all across America that homeschool freedom works.

The most exciting thing I saw in Salem and Oklahoma City was that homeschooled students and graduates are standing shoulder to shoulder with their parents in defending homeschool freedom. And Generation Joshua members are front and center in this crucial battle.

In Oklahoma City, Carson Banks, president of the OKGenJ Club, led numerous other Generation Joshua students in helping to lobby representatives during the Oklahoma Christian Home Educators’ Consociation capitol day. I was honored to be able to talk to the club members during a break in the day’s lobbying events.

Generation Joshua Director Will Estrada speaks at the Oregon capitol day.
Jason Vandehey
Generation Joshua Director Will Estrada speaks at the Oregon capitol day.

And in Salem, homeschooled students, graduates, and Generation Joshua members made up a significant portion of the 1,200-plus homeschoolers who turned out for the OCEANetwork’s annual Apple Pie Day. The capitol was swamped with entire homeschool families delivering apple pies to their elected officials to put real faces on homeschooling. And then numerous elected officials sat down to have lunch with the families and get to know them better. Many of these homeschoolers and Generation Joshua members had recently helped elect several homeschool graduates to the Oregon state legislature!

This is a phenomenon I see all across the U.S. Homeschooled students—many of whom are members of Generation Joshua—are standing up to fight for freedom at the local, state, and national level. Generation Joshua is at the center of helping parents train their children to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Through our annual iGovern Summer Leadership Camps, our teen track educational events at homeschool conferences, our Student Action Teams during election season, and our online distance learning courses and Generation Joshua Book Club, young people are given the training and hands-on opportunities to make a difference in our nation. Many of them are starting GenJ Clubs to make a difference at the local level, and I’m excited to announce that there are now over 110 of these clubs. (Contact our office to find out if there is a club near you!)

If your young person wants to be a part of this nationwide movement, check out the Generation Joshua website or call our office at 540-338-8608.