Constitutional Convention answers the age old question of, “What if?” when Youth and Government talks about political change. It’s an opportunity to create the change that most delegates preach in their speeches, debates, and discussions. A constitution that reflects everyday issues, which California’s youth desperately wish to see addressed on the floor of actual legislative houses.
“It is certainly more progressive,” says Kevork Kurdoghlian, a third year staffer in Con Con. Kurdoghlian goes on to discuss how the ideals of delegates are clearly reflected in their freshly baked constitution. Delegates create a document that tackles contemporary issues, such as LGBTQ+ rights, sanctuary cities, and the possibility of an independent California, yet still deals with problems that have reportedly not been dealt with effectively, such as the wage gap and the glass ceiling.
At it’s simplest form, the Constitution of Youth and Government is akin to the newest IOS update on an iPhone. Core concepts remain unchanged, but the way it relates to the people of California is markedly more “user friendly.”
Con Con is a unique experience, and as such a few delegates were asked about their personal experiences in the program area.
A former member, Kyle Vanslyke, says, “I love that you can just stand up and speak with no Parliamentary Procedure.” When inquired as to whether he would join Con Con next year, Vanslyke replied “Yes! Definitely.” Although he enjoys creating a new constitution, Vanslyke can’t envision any of the proposals being implemented into the real state constitution.
Presiding speaker, Jordy Roth, claims that the differences between both constitutions lie mainly in creativity, as Con Con’s distances itself from the more clear cut laws of the state.