Youth Legislature is a middle school program that introduces students to the legislative process. For 35 years, the program has promoted youth leadership, cooperation and teamwork among peers and has given students the confidence they need to go on to participate in leadership roles in high school and in their community.
Students who participate in Youth Legislature receive classroom instruction and participate in a two-day mock legislative session at the Old State Capitol. Students elect a Governor and House and Senate officers. They also sponsor, debate, pass and fail bills, which they have drafted. They lead and serve on legislative committees and speak publicly before an audience.
Currently, more than 45 schools from 13 parishes participate in Youth Legislature. More than 1,800 students experience the mock legislative process over a period of eight weeks.
YL Registration Due: October 16, 2020
YL Bills & Candidate names Due: November 20, 2020
Youth Legislature 2019-2020 Sessions
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