Vancouver WA, Sixth-Grader Dave Morrison Launches Funding Campaign to Earn His Way to the Washington DC Junior National Young Leaders Conference

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Dave needs to raise $2500 by May 3rd to represent Vancouver WA and Discovery Middle School in the Nation's Capitol

Please help me become a future American leader.

Dave Morrison, a sixth grader at Discovery Middle School in Vancouver WA has a problem. He received a highly exclusive invitation to the Washington DC Junior National Young Leaders Conference this summer, but he only has a few weeks to pull together the funds to pay his way. So, he did what any aspiring political leader would do - he launched a grassroots fundraising campaign on the crowd funding site Dave hopes to raise $2500 before the May 3rd deadline to be able to attend the week-long leadership camp with other exceptional middle school students.

Dave Morrison is no ordinary sixth grader. He is an honor roll student with perfect school attendance for five consecutive years. A few months ago, Dave badly injured his thumb in a car door before school. He didn’t say much to his mother and went to school on the bus. An hour later the school nurse called to say that he was completely missing his thumbnail and should probably go home. Dave asked the nurse and his mother if going home would ruin his perfect attendance. They said yes. Dave responded, “It’s going to hurt a lot whether I stay or whether I go home, so I want to stay.” His mother says that that type of incident isn’t at all unusual for Dave. He takes his school work extremely seriously and isn’t satisfied with anything less than a 4.0 grade point average.

Dave was thrilled to be selected for the invitation-only leadership experience in Washington DC. The Junior National Young Leaders Conference offers mature, high-achieving middle school students the opportunity to learn about leadership by studying the leaders of the past and by focusing on social advocacy to make a positive impact in their homes and communities. On past trips, students have met with former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and attended the inauguration of President Barack Obama. It is an honor to be selected, and Dave plans to represent his local community of Vancouver WA with pride.

Dave fully expects to meet his goal of raising $2500 to make the journey. Dave and his mother (a single parent of 3 boys) brainstormed various fundraising ideas and decided to pursue two strategies at the same time—the online funding campaign to reach a wide audience, along with a local door-to-door campaign to personally connect with potential donors. They are also accepting donations of physical items that they can sell.

As with all other aspects of his life, 12-year old Dave is taking charge of the situation and willing to do whatever it takes. A true leader!

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