What We Do

Youth Legislature

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.

For additional information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Paula Braud, Program Director/Youth Legislature at youthlegislature@yahoo.com.

Be sure to visit Youth Legislature's Facebook Page to keep up to date on everything going on! You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram

2020-2021 Dates

2020 Dates

Due Dates

YL Registration Due: October 16, 2020

YL Bills & Candidate names Due: November 20, 2020


Youth Legislature 2019-2020 Sessions

Go here to view the session 2020 photos