Wednesday morning began with an early breakfast in the Hart Senate Office Building. This is where we had breakfast with Senator Dianne Feinstein (donuts & bagels). She shared with us and fifty other constituents about the legislation she and her staffers have been working on: food safety, train safety, climate change.
During Q & A, Ana asked Senator Feinstein about her role in ensuring that youth in California learn more about the democratic process. Senator Feinstein has an intern program that recruits college students from California. Interns spend eight weeks in DC researching, writing and providing support. It is a competitive process but sounds like a chance of a lifetime!
After our visit we darted straight to her offices where we were welcomed into her conference room and then a few minutes later ushered into the hallway to finish up! (apparently this is typical.) We lobbied her office to support the OJJDP Mentoring Grant (she has). If passed it will benefit 1,100 Girls Inc. girls across the nation – including Carpinteria.
By lunch time we were standing in line to take a photo with Senator Barbara Boxer! She has served in Congress for nearly 32 years and will be going home to California after completing her term.
Our day ended with Congresswoman Capps. She welcomed us into her office where we invaded her sitting area and sprawled across her rug. She asked so many questions about about our plans for college, Eureka, Girls Inc. and STEM. Congresswoman Capps made us feel so comfortable and told us to keep all doors open!