Open Letter by Mimosa Thomas


Dear New Representatives to the South Texas Youth Congress:

Congratulations! You have just made one of the best decisions that a high school student here in South Texas can make – joining the South Texas Youth Congress! As a former member and co-president, I would like to share with you my experience in STYC and offer a sincere welcome into our Congress.

Last year, when I first learned about STYC, I knew right away that I wanted to be a part of it. The idea of getting to write real legislation that could one day be passed into law was extremely exciting, and unlike any opportunity that I had yet been presented with. Over the course of the year, I had the amazing opportunity to meet and work other with amazingly talented and passionate representatives from high schools all over South Texas to craft legislation that we believed would make Texas a better place for all of its residents. Together, we brought forth proposals for legislative action, and through discussion and cooperation singled out the three most realistic and important of our many proposals to lobby for in the Texas Legislature. I am very very proud of the proposals that we made, and of the groundwork that we laid down as part of the pilot program of STYC, to build the rules and procedures upon which the organization would run. As new representatives to STYC, I am sure that you will create proposals that will truly change Texas for the better, and of which you can be equally proud.

I am so excited to meet you all and hear your ideas for a better Texas. With members like you, I am confident that STYC will continue to grow and flourish, making Texas better one legislative proposal at a time.


Mimosa Thomas
South Texas Youth Congress Alumni, and the first STYC President.

Mimosa was on a college class assignment the day STYC was meeting, and was not unable to attend. She wrote

this welcome letter to the new reps.