Chatham County Youth Commission 2017 Annual Legislative Tour


On Saturday, February 26th, the Chatham County Youth Commission set out on their 2017 Annual Legislative Tour. They set out from the Savannah Civic Center close to midnight to make their way to Washington, DC where they visited the NEWSEUM to discover the history of news, to the newest museum on the mall, the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. While in our Nation’s Capital, the Youth Commissioners also visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum where they spoke with 100 year old, Mrs. Fanny Aizenberg, a survivor of the Holocaust who visits the museum every Sunday to speak about her experiences. Soon after, they said goodbye to Washington, DC and headed for New York City where the students took a tour of the 9/11 Memorial Museum and later that night saw “Wicked: The Musical” live on Broadway and had a little fun in Times Square. They were up early the next morning to represent Savannah on the NBC’s TODAY show. While there, they had a chance to meet Matt Lauer, Savannah Gutherie, Al Roker and Carson Daly. They concluded their stay in NYC with a tour of NBC Studios and even got to make their own late night television show. Finally, the Youth Commissioners boarded the bus to make their return home. They arrived back in Savannah on Thursday, March 2nd. The Youth Commission was founded by Dr. Priscilla D. Thomas in 1992 and is directed by Van R. Johnson, II. This program has been replicated in Fulton County (Atlanta), GA, Alachua County (Gainesville), FL, Savannah, GA (Savannah Youth Council), Prince George’s County, MD, Cass County (Fargo), ND and Dougherty County, (Albany), GA, Riverdale, GA and Newnan, GA, Miami-Dade County, FL, DeKalb County, GA and Jasper County, SC. Follow the Chatham County Youth Commission on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat!

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