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The Future of America: Generation Joshua

Vol. 113, Prg. 46–50
October 8–12, 2012

Want your teen to see politics in action and make a difference? This week, join Home School Heartbeat host Mike Farris to get firsthand accounts of on-the-ground campaigning with Generation Joshua, and hear from Michele Bachmann about the key role students can play in elections.

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The Future of America
Do they Really Make a Difference?
The Homeschoolers Are Coming!
A Day in the life of a GenJer
On a Personal Level

The Future of America

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Will Estrada:
A homeschool graduate from Pennsylvania, Will began working for HSLDA in January 2004, as a legal assistant to Staff Attorney Scott Woodruff. After graduating from Oak Brook College of Law with his JD, he moved on to direct HSLDA's Federal Relations department and to serve as HSLDA’s federal lobbyist. As HSLDA’s representative on Capitol Hill, Will uses his passion for homeschooling to advocate for all homeschoolers before Congress and the federal departments. He has testified before Congress and met with senior officials from federal agencies and the executive branch. In October 2007, Will took over as the director of Generation Joshua, a division of HSLDA, where he works with young people who are passionate about making a difference in politics, along with continuing to serve as HSLDA's federal lobbyist. In July 2011, he also took on lobbying for ParentalRights.org as the organization's director of federal relations, where he advocates before Congress for the Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He is a member of the California bar. Will and his wife, Rachel, also a homeschool graduate as well as an accomplished portrait artist, reside in northern Virginia.

Michele Bachmann:
In 2006, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann became the first Republican woman to be elected to represent Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a self-proclaimed “constitutional conservative,” Bachmann is committed to fixing Washington’s broken ways by advocating for America’s adherence to the Constitution. Bachmann has become known on Capitol Hill as a member who champions tax reform, works to cut wasteful government spending, and supports limiting the size of our government. She also is devoted to the repeal of Obamacare, a legislation she believes is an example of government’s recent uninhibited growth. In Bachmann’s view, the government needs to make the kind of serious spending decisions that many families and small businesses across America have been forced to make. As a believer in the traditional values upon which this country was founded, she consistently defends America’s religious liberties and the importance of the family as the first unit of government. She also has continuously worked to defend the right to life for all Americans, including the unborn.

Bachmann is a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Financial Services Committee. She has taken the opportunity of serving on the Intelligence Committee to regularly advocate for peace through strength to ensure America’s national security. As she vowed in her Oath of Office, Bachmann continues to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Bachmann is devoted to doing her part to ensure America’s safety. As a member of the Financial Services Committee, Bachmann has been given keen insight into the current housing crisis and credit crunch. This insight has led her to be a staunch opponent of the taxpayer-funded bailout of Wall Street and the Dodd-Frank legislation.

As the federal government continues to grow under the current administration, Bachmann was honored to establish the Tea Party Caucus in July 2010. She is proud to stand with the Tea Party to call for lower taxes, renewed focus on the Constitution, and smaller government. 

Prior to serving in the U.S. Congress, Bachmann served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2000-2006. As a Minnesota state senator, she championed the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Before holding elected office, Bachmann worked on hundreds of civil and criminal cases as a federal tax litigation attorney. Through her experience as a tax attorney, Bachmann came to understand firsthand the need to simplify the current tax code and reduce taxes on families and small businesses. Yet, it was her role as a mother of five and foster mother of 23 that led her to call for the abolishment of Goals 2000 and the Profiles of Learning and start a charter school for at-risk kids in Minnesota.

Bachmann is a graduate of Anoka High School and Winona State University. After receiving her JD at the O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University and an LLM in Tax Law at the College of William and Mary, she along with her husband, Marcus, moved their young family to Stillwater, Minnesota. There they opened a small business health care practice that employs nearly 50 people. The Bachmanns, who have been married over 30 years, have five children, Lucas, Harrison, Elisa, Caroline, and Sophia. The Bachmanns have also cared for 23 foster children, inspiring Bachmann’s tireless efforts in Congress on behalf of America’s foster and adopted children, a role that has earned her bipartisan praise.

She is proud to represent Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District, a district which contains parts of six counties, stretching from Stillwater past Saint Cloud, including several suburbs of the Twin Cities.

Grace Tate:
Grace Tate is a homeschool graduate and Generation Joshua alumnus. She has participated in the GenJ Student Action Teams since 2005, attended the iGovern camps as a student and counselor, and founded the TACT GenJ Club in 2008. In 2010, she directed a feature-length documentary, The Child, and has since continued to produce political media through her company, Watchman Cinema, along with her talented brother, Daniel (also a GenJ member). Grace is currently pursuing a BA in history at Thomas Edison College and always looking for the next big adventure God has in store, which often involves GenJ.

Jenaye White
Jenaye White is a homeschool graduate and is studying communications in college. She enjoys playing the piano and guitar and worked as an intern at her local Republican campaign office. She started a Generation Joshua club in her area, and is now a member of the Generation Joshua Leadership Corps. Jenaye’s hometown is in Paducah, Kentucky, with her parents, Jeremy and Sharon, and her sister, Jaclyn.

Nikki Georgacakis
Nikki Georgacakis is a proud graduate of Patrick Henry College. Growing up, she enjoyed a mixture of private, Christian school education and homeschooling, and she credits both her parents, as sincere and active Christians, as well as her dedicated high school and college professors, for her desire to take part in the American political process. She has a passion for the conservative movement and hopes to continue to work to advance this cause.

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