David Karpf, 16, of Trinity Church in Wethersfield, is one of 18 youth who will attend General Convention as part of the “Official Youth Presence (OYP).”
These young people, two from each of the nine provinces of The Episcopal Church (TEC) have a seat on the floor of the House of Deputies (HOD) and voice – but not vote – in deliberations. A young woman from Massachusetts is the other person representing represent Province One.
The youth and their adult chaperones/advisors will be at the entire event. The teens have been preparing by familiarizing themselves with the convention procedures and reading through the resolutions in the famed “Blue Book” of reports and resolutions from all of TEC’s committees, commissions, agencies, and boards (CCABs). The advisors encourage the youth to identify specific topics or resolutions that interest them and to prepare statements in advance, which the youth can read at legislative committee hearings and in legislative sessions.
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