May 1 2013
(by Kelsey Farnham) Senator Bryant has been the legislative sponsor for TeenPact 2013 in South Carolina. TeenPact is an organization with a mission to train youth to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend the Christian faith, and engage in culture at a time in their lives when, typically, they do not care about such things.
Each year, a group of students ages 13-18, come to Columbia for a four day camp where students meet important officials, interview lobbyists, analyze legislation, discuss current events, pray for their leaders, improve their public speaking skills, write their own bills, and conduct their own TeenPact legislature. Classes are fast-paced, hands-on, and create dynamic experiences where a vision is casted for citizenship and students are coaxed out of their comfort zones.
Senator Bryant Introduced this year’s group of TeenPact students as a group of South Carolina’s brightest upcoming leaders from the Senate floor on Tuesday. He also spoke at their end of week graduation. After the students acted out their mock legislation with their own personal written bills, Senator Bryant gave some real life experiences and examples of bills going through the Senate this week. He talked about causes that he’s been advocating for throughout his term and spoke on the challenges of living out a genuine ‘salt of the world’ life in the Senate. He congratulated the students on finishing the leadership school, encouraged them to get involved with a political party, cause, or campaign, and motivated them as they left with a quote on persistence by 30th president Calvin Coolidge.