Y&G Alumni | Tri-Valley Delegation | Yale University Student


From Delegate to Student at Yale: During her final three years of high school, Mackenzie Hawkins was part of the Tri-Valley Delegation in the Model Legislature & Court program (MLC). As a delegate, she participated as a Bill Sponsor in the senate, Model United Nations Secretariat and worked with the National Issues Commission. In addition to these roles, Mackenzie was elected President of her delegation and appointed to the Governor’s Cabinet in her senior year. Now, the recent MLC Program alumna studies at Yale University. Mackenzie’s major is undeclared as of yet, but she plans on applying to the interdisciplinary program on Ethics, Politics and Economics. She is also considering a joint MA/BA in Political Science. Go Bulldogs!

Finding Her Way: After learning about the program from a classmate, Mackenzie recalls, “I was initially drawn to Youth & Government because I am interested in politics. It became a way to explore my academic interests with a hands-on approach outside of the classroom”. She fondly remembers the support from her excited fellow delegates as she received the 70th MLC Charles Van Winkle Outstanding Delegate Award and later was recognized by the California Courts Newsroom as a Civically Engaged All-Star: Class of 2018.

A Look Back: Looking back on her time in the MLC program, Mackenzie reminisces about working in the Governor’s cabinet with other dedicated program youths and lobbying on behalf of delegates’ bills. She also recalls a specific time of personal growth within the program, “Retrospectively one of my favorite memories was losing the primaries for Youth Governor and then feeling an immense amount of support from my delegation. I became great friends with some of the candidates who advanced to the general election”. 

For Those Interested in Joining Y&G: To any youth interested in joining Y&G, Mackenzie advises to actively engage within the program sessions and welcome the opportunity to meet delegates from across the state and beyond. She shares, “Y&G was valuable for reasons completely independent from my interest in politics. It’s a great hands-on civic education resource and I formed valuable friendships and connections”. Well into adulthood, the community of Youth & Government alumni keep connected both personally and through alumni-events. Mackenzie has found this level of connection on campus, mentioning that for her, Y&G has, “created a national community that I couldn’t fully appreciate until being around people from all different states”.

We sincerely thank Mackenzie for her dedication to the MLC program as a delegate and wish her much continued success as she navigates the opportunities within college and beyond.

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