At State Conferences last January and February, YMCA Texas Youth and Government students elected a new slate of officers to serve them during the 2018-2019 program year.  We’ll be featuring an interview with each officer on our blog in upcoming weeks.  Next up: SAF Chair Diomarvellous Nsofor!

What topics do you feel most passionate about when you consider developing the list of SAF topics for the year?

The most passionate topics are those that are not only prominent, but also topics that we, the delegates, are stakeholders in. Those kinds of topics truly have an impact on our lives and motivate delegates to put in their best effort when creating a proposal.

What would you like non-SAF delegates to know about SAF?

I would like for non-SAF delegates to think of State Affairs as the base of the “tower of diplomacy.” State Affairs prepares delegates with knowledge of parliamentary procedure (Legislative) and helps solidify their skills in effective researching and questioning, critical thinking and answers to questions, and public speaking (Judicial & Legislative).

Share a favorite YG memory.

My favorite YG memory was the 2017 SAF Pro/Con intent speeches (mainly Giadolor’s). Seeing the crowd roar following the personal speech of a fellow delegate proved to me, truly, how much you could move others with your words and experiences.

What are some of your favorite things about living in Houston?

Houston is extremely diverse! When I first moved here and only spoke Italian, I was surprised to notice that two of my neighbors spoke Italian as well. The majority of the communities here are very welcoming. I also enjoy how conveniently near my house Whataburger is.

What keeps you busy outside of YG?

Beyond Youth and Government, I do Congressional debate, am a journalist for my school’s Audio/Video team, and enjoy playing chess. I’m also Senior Council President for Sharpstown High School, so I handle all senior class affairs and plan important events such as prom and graduation.