This past February I had the opportunity to meet Senator David Senjem for lunch to talk with him about the work of Project Legacy. I left that meeting with a deep appreciation and respect for this man who has served as our Senator for many years. A week later, he came to one of our Healing Circles where the youth told their stories, and he told them his. Not long afterwards, he contacted me to tell me that he was going to write a bill to seek funding for our program. Thus began not only our working relationship, but a new friendship.
Two weeks ago, four of our young people traveled to St. Paul to testify on behalf of this bill. Co-chair Jeff Hayden took the time to allow our youth to speak, even though the allotted time to speak had run out. This was an incredible experience for our youth – and once again they have experienced new things, met new people, and have been a part of the process that previously they had only read about in school.
I am deeply grateful for the work he and Senator Carla Nelson have done to seek funding for Project Legacy through the racial equity funds that Governor Dayton has appropriated. At this point, we are unsure of how things will unfold in St. Paul. What I am sure of though, is we have the full support of our two Senator’s, and that means the world to the youth of Project Legacy.
Thank you, Senator Nelson and Senator Senjem!