Y&G Volunteer, Appellate Court | Y&G Alumni | Former Y&G Intern | Miller Delegation
From Delegate to UC Berkeley Graduate: In middle school, Courtney Brousseau was a Model United Nations program delegate. He went on to become a delegate in the Model Legislature & Court program in the Miller delegation through his high school years. Courtney took part in the court program, holding leadership positions as District Attorney and Chief Justice. Fast forward, Courtney is celebrating his recent graduation from the University of California, Berkeley as a double major in Economics and Computer Science. He just wrapped up a summer as a Civic Digital Fellow at the General Services Administration and is about to start as an Associate Product Manager at Twitter in San Francisco.
An Alumnus’ Commitment: Following his commitment to the civic engagement programs, Courtney then interned with Youth & Government for three years. From his position as an intern, he has moved onto being part of the volunteer staff since the 71st Model Legislature & Court program year. Courtney explains that his joy from volunteering stems from his own enjoyment of being a delegate in middle and high school, paired with a love for teaching current delegates about the court program.
Courtney’s Advice: For those interested in becoming part of Youth & Government, Courtney advises, “just do it! It’s an amazing program that helps teach students the value of being civically engaged and understanding how the government works by emulating and experiencing it”. As a delegate, one of Courtney’s favorite memories was going to the National Judicial Competition three times. The trips entailed venturing to Chicago to participate in the competition while appreciating the windy city’s beauty.
Lasting Effects of Y&G: On the delegates, Courtney remarks, “they present very articulate and intelligent arguments. The delegates work hard and you can see the transition even over those four days. Beyond that, the program leads to incredible learning, lifelong friendships, and unique experiences”. He is incredibly moved by the program’s overall ability to bring new delegates out of their shells, encouraging their questions and watching their public speaking skills grow and flourish.
We sincerely thank Courtney for his commitment to the Model United Nations and Model Legislature & Court programs as a delegate, intern, and volunteer. We wish this recent UC Berkeley graduate and alumnus much continued success in all endeavors.