Just going to the California State Capitol is thrilling enough for two of our Koinonia teens, as neither Natalie W. nor Carl J. had ever been there. But to be invited to speak to a CSECC (CA State Employee Charitable Campaign) group in the Governor’s Conference Chambers was even more exciting. We arrived at the Capitol early enough to browse the displays and artwork. For both Natalie and Carl, the favorite Capitol element was the rotunda but they had fun tracking down the displays for the county they each grew up in.Once we were ushered through the guarded door into the Governor’s Chambers, we were escorted past all the seated men and women, in their suits with briefcases waiting to see the Governor, and were made to feel like real VIP’s. We went through the reception area and into the inner-sanctums, ending up in a conference room at the Governor’s conference table. The meeting was with a number of State Agency CSECC chairpersons and Natalie and Carl spoke on their personal Koinonia Homes for Teens and foster care experiences. Both teens did so well, that within days, they were asked to make additional presentations at several State Agency headquarters including the Department of Corrections, the State Controllers, and the Department of Emergency Services. Great job teens, getting the message out that you are working hard on your future while making a difference!