Caldwell was also eager to commend the youth-led conference on how it prepares students for their future. As the program grows each year, it becomes clear why it should still be around, he said.
"It enables these students to speak out about important issues," added Caldwell. "The program and what it teaches can lead to full time jobs."
Mike Quigan graduated form Bolton Central School in 2005 and was a member of Youth and Government throughout high school. He now works in Albany as a budget analyst in the state Ways and Means Committee for the minority party.
"Youth and Government is the single most important part of why I am doing what I am doing," he said. "I come acrosss things all the time that I learned in Youth and Government."
The program strives to give students an in-depth look at the government process and they are both accurate and successful, according to Quigan. He met with local students while they were in Albany and reminded them of this, while encouraging them to get as involved with the program as they possibly can during high school.