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Generation Joshua post-election

Vol. 58, Prg. 1–5
February 7–11, 2005

In February 2004, Generation Joshua was launched to provide homeschooled young people with a hands-on civics education. What has been accomplished so far? This week, Michael Farris talks with two Generation Joshua members about their experiences in the last general election, and Director Ned Ryun unveils the new GenJ clubs, civics curriculum, and book club.

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Election recap
Hands-on politics
Getting involved: Student clubs
Experience for a lifetime
What’s ahead?


Ned Ryun

A former presidential writer for George W. Bush and son of sitting U.S. Congressman Jim Ryun, Ned Ryun is the director of Generation Joshua, a division of Homeschool Legal Defense Association. Ned also directs HSLDA's federal political action committee. Ned co-authored Heroes Among Us with his father and twin brother, Drew, and graduated with the highest distinction from the University of Kansas with degrees in English and history. He currently resides in the Washington, D.C., area.


Brittany Barden

16-year-old Brittany Barden lives in Maize, Kansas with her parents, two younger sisters, and two younger brothers. She has been homeschooled for eight years and is now a high school junior. Brittany puts her interest in politics to use by actively working on campaigns, registering voters, and promoting Generation Joshua in her community. She also enjoys history and learning about the founding of our nation, and would like to earn a history degree from Patrick Henry College after graduating from high school. Brittany appreciates the opportunity Generation Joshua has given her to become politically involved.


Matt Johnson

Matthew Johnson, a home-educated high-school senior from Littleton, Colorado, is the oldest son in a family of eight children. A participant Generation Joshua's Benjamin Rush Awards Program, Matthew the Statesman Award and a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., for his efforts during the 2004 election. Currently, he is working at the Colorado State Capitol as an intern for Representative Matt Knoedler. Although not seeking a career in politics, Matthew is committed to remaining involved in the political process no matter what his career choice.

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