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.
Youth Legislature 2018-2019 Sessions
March 18 & 19
March 20 & 21
March 25 & 26
March 27 & 29
April 1 & 2
April 3 & 4
April 8 & 9
April 10 & 11
Registration Due: October 12, 2018
Bills Due: November 19, 2018
Click HERE to view the 2018 Youth Legislature Photo Gallery!