Will Estrada, Director of Generation Joshua, paints a picture of iGoven’s purpose, “This is a chance to challenge and prepare the leaders of tomorrow to hold tight to their faith as they navigate the pitfalls of the political realm.”
It’s common for high school students to attend summer camp, but usually the only goal is fun. These students come for knowledge; they spend 60 hours in classes and simulations designed to not only teach them about government, but get them ready to participate in the political process.
HSLDA President Mike Smith says “Faith comes before political activism at iGovern. Students are taught that while advancing the principles of individual responsibility and limited government as models for earthly governments is important, advancing the Kingdom of God is more important. This is why I’m sold on iGovern for our children.”
iGovern is designed to test students in the extreme, with each day starting at 7 a.m and ending at 10 p.m. There is little free time due to the high volume of activities, each designed to place the students in high intensity and often stressful situations. Success in the various scenarios takes tremendous effort, leadership, and teamwork — and is far from guaranteed. Students are allowed to make mistakes and are encouraged to learn from them as they navigate the challenges a week of iGovern presents.
In a few short years, iGovern attendees have gone on to do great things, some becoming filmmakers, small business owners, and even campaign managers, all while fresh out of high school. iGovern is a truly one of a kind experience. Generation Joshua Founder and Chairmen Michael Farris explains, “iGovern is a powerful force in preparing our nation’s youth to defend the principles and values our founders fought so desperately to secure.”
Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Visit us online at www.HSLDA.org and at www.GenerationJoshua.org