The program, sponsored by the National Grange Youth Foundation, provides Grange youth, ages 14-21, and Grange young adults, ages 22-35, the opportunity to participate as a member of the National Grange delegate body. Youth are allowed to be seated with the state Grange delegates and participate in Grange committee discussion. Prior to the session opening, Kurburski has worked with a policy committee evaluating policy resolutions passed by the state Granges.
Starting on Nov. 10 and through Friday, she will join the delegates on the session floor as they make the final decisions on National Grange policy.
“The Legislative Experience program provides Grange youth a front-row seat to the decision-making process of the National Grange delegates,” said Charlene Shupp Espenshade, National Grange Youth Development Director. “The delegates will be addressing the resolutions sent up from the state Granges for their consideration. The topics will range from agriculture to education and national policy debates to how to improve the National Grange.”
The delegates opened the 149th session yesterday in Lincoln, Neb., to begin their deliberations.
Emily Kurburski, 17, is the daughter of Foster and Ann Kurburski from Harbor Springs, Mich. She calls herself a lifelong Granger, joining as a Junior Granger. Her other activities include 4-H, Family Campers and RV’ers, DECA, Crooked Tree Youth Leadership, Honor Society and Girl Scouts. In school, she is a member of the varsity golf team. She has attended state, regional, and national Grange events as a Junior Granger and as a youth Grange member.
Once she graduates from high school, she would like to attend college and study operation and supply chain management.