Since its inception the Catholic Church has held values that called for the sanctity of life and dignity of all human beings. These values are critical to the Catholic way of life and society as a whole. However, we have seen these values compromised in the policy making process. That is why I commit to creating a Catholic youth policy seminar for high school students from underserved communities that will teach how to be a Catholic advocate for their community. Now more than ever it is important that the Catholic voice be uplifted, inserted in policy making at every level of government. The goal is to first start a pilot program in one region of California with no more than 40 participants. Participants will learn Catholic teachings and how it integrates into policy and advocacy. Then participants will engage in advocacy with elected officials at various levels of government.

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