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May 21, 2006

Americus - - An Americus teenager is doing something not many people his age get the opportunity to do -- he's taking a trip to China to meet with leaders in power.

19 year old Erik Oliver is not your average teenager. When he's not playing the guitar, he's interacting with world leaders!

"It's impacted his life more than anything he's ever done," says his mom Sharon Oliver.

He's part of the Congressional Youth Leadership council. It's allowed him to learn about government first-hand. He can also say he's attended President Bush's innaguaration.

"We really got to learn about politics and how the American Government works and how the election process works," Erik says.

Now this Southern Polytechnic State college student whose traveled the world is headed to China for the Global Young Leaders Summit. He'll get to meet with Chinese dignitaries and examine Asia's economy. 

"I was doing some research last night reading up on the politics, history, and how long China's been around."

He's excited. But mom admits the trip is expensive.

"The overall cost of this is really about a year of college tuition."

So he's helping out with yard work and saving his pennies for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

His passport is ready to go.

"So many sights to see... the great wall of china, Shanghai." 

Oliver is one of over 200 students that will participate in the program. The two-week conference in China will begin June 5th.

If you would like to support Erik on this trip, you can reach him at w.erikoliver@gmail.com

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