Espanola Y Teen Center representative Christian Cordova with Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Thursday at the State Capitol. Courtesy/YMCA
More than 100 youth from the YMCA’s Youth in Government program and 40 adults listened as Lt. Gov. John Sanchez, on behalf of Gov. Susana Martinez, read a proclamation in the Rotunda of the State Capital stating that Feb. 12 is “Support the New Mexico Alliance of YMCAs Day” in New Mexico.
The youth were in attendance as part of their mock-legislature program where over the course of a couple of days they will, once official legislators have left the House and Senate chambers, take over the floors and forward “legislation” they have been crafting throughout the year.
Youth in Government participants, along with youth from the Y teen centers in Espanola and Los Alamos, also listened to Memorial Resolutions read in both the House and Senate in support of the proclamation.
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard sponsored the Memorial in the House and introduced Y Teen Center Director Ben Sandoval and teens Christian Cordova and Michael Booton. Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino introduced the Memorial in the Senate while Y Youth In Government participants watched and applauded.