A Dominion High School junior who’s spent summers drumming up support for candidates and political action groups is now launching a fundraising campaign of his own.
Eric Young landed one of the few spots at the prestigious Junior Statesman Academy at Georgetown University, a three-week summer program that gives students an in-depth look at politics and government.
The only hang up is the academy costs $5,250. Eric said finances are tight for his family. His father works two jobs, his mother works as well, and they are trying to sell their home to downsize.
“I don’t come from the type of background that normally sends people to a summer academy at a prestigious university, but I want to go anyway,” the 17-year-old said. “We just don’t have the money right now.”
Eric has launched a fundraising webpage to ask for donations. Since the page went live last week, it’s brought in $1,125. With the help of $1,250 in financial aid, he has about $2,875 left to raise.
Eric plans to put what he learns during the program to good use. He wants to pursue a career in politics or law. “If I could be a lawyer who argues in front of the Supreme Court, or someone like Ted Cruz who makes arguments in front of Supreme Court justices, that would be awesome,” he said.