SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. --  Union Catholic's Daniel Jaworski recently had a great experience participating in New Jersey Congressman Thomas Malinowski's Youth Advisory Council.

Congressman Malinowski started this program because he believes that educating high school students on local, state, and federal civic processes and legislative matters is the best way to shape the future leaders of New Jersey.

As a member of the Youth Advisory Council, Jaworski gathered with other high school students accepted to the program at the Hillsborough Library last Saturday to craft mock legislation on a variety of topics and present their ideas to Congressman Malinowski at the end of the session.

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Jaworski's group was assigned women's rights/issues such as healthcare, increased amount of safehouses and affordable housing for domestic abuse victims, sex education, and equal pay.

"It was such an honor to be chosen for this program,'' said Jaworski, who just completed his sophomore year at Union Catholic. "It was a great experience and I found it very interesting. One of the many things I really respected was how Congressman Malinowski told us that it's okay to have our own opinions on things. He was very open to different ideas, and really wanted to hear our views on things and get the perspective of the youth. He knows that youth is the future of this country, and he cares about what we think.''           

Jaworski said he feels it's important to pay attention to politics.

"I'll be able to vote in two years,'' said Jaworski, who is a member of UC's Performing Arts Company. "So I feel as a citizen it's your duty to know what is going on, and stay informed on the issues.''

Jaworski said he learned a lot of things about politics by being on the Youth Advisory Council, but one thing really stood out.

"I learned how important compromise is,'' said Jaworski. "It's tough to get things done without compromise.''