When I think of the Central Valley I think of the heart and hope that families have for their children. Our families are growers, builders, entrepreneurs, and trailblazers who made the Central Valley home because of the promise of a better future. As a result, we have a legacy of determination and perseverance unlike any other region in California. After being overlooked and often taken advantage of, our communities are recognizing the power and influence they can and should wield. The future of California will be built in the Central Valley, and our children need to be prepared to lead.