EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Area teenagers gathered to discuss a variety of issues with local lawmakers.
The YMCA Youth in Government Program hosed its first ever Eau Claire Teen Issue Forum.
The free event provided a platform for kids from seventh to 12th grade to express their thoughts on community issues, state politics, and the political process.
Representative Dana Wachs and Senator Terry Moulton also attended the event.
Participants say the program teaches you the importance of politics.
"To make the connection between mock government and real government tonight, so people in youth government can see what's beyond youth and government. It's more than just a club and seeing politics as a real thing," explains Eau Claire North Senior Calvin Bongee.
Organizers say the goal of the program is to foster the next generation of thoughtful, committed and active citizens.