Mission: As a nonpartisan center for the study of public policy, the panetta institute helps our communities and the country meet the challenges of the 21st century. Working particularly to attract thoughtful young people to lives of public service, helping them expand their knowledge of the policy process and develop their skills as future leaders.
Programs: Leon panetta lecture series - each spring the panetta institute brings together nationally known government and policy leaders to discuss current issues with central coast students and members of the community. The programs are broadcast throughout california. By the end of 2014, 166 speakers had participated in the seventeen years of this program and student attendees average 750 participants each season.
congressional internship program - this program has developed a reputation as the premier intern program in the nation and provides an opportunity for students from all economic backgrounds to work in washington, d. C. And participate in the democratic process first-hand. By the end of 2014, 396 students had been placed in the offices of members of the california congressional delegation.
monterey county reads - this literacy initiative trains and places volunteers in public elementary schools throughout monterey county to help children read at grade level by the end of third grade. By the end of 2014, 2,800 volunteers had logged more than 112,000 hours reading one-to-one with more than 14,000 students
I volunteered with the Monterey County Reads program. The organization provided me with great training and tips for improving the literacy of the students I worked with. I really enjoyed seeing them improve from week to week and become more excited about reading.