On Wednesday, I was invited to speak to a class of seniors from Coral Gables High as part of Ethical Governance Day 2014. The goal was to raise awareness of our youth's responsibility to be active and attentive participants in government. Our young residents are the future leaders of our community and it is our responsibility to provide them with the tools and knowledge to hold government accountable. During this discussion, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County, I had the privilege of sharing my thoughts on ethics, public service and the right to vote. To sum it up, I believe that being ethical is doing the right thing when no one is watching; that the essence of public service is putting service to others above self; and that voting is a duty not to be taken lightly because millions have sacrificed so that we can freely exercise that right. Whether in the role of public servant, parent or neighbor, let’s welcome teachable moments like these to model responsible behaviors.