Young Legislators Program
The Young Legislators program was inspired by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia’s desire to enrich the lives of young people by empowering them with the tools necessary to make a difference in their communities.
Through innovative leadership activities, participation in community-wide events and seminars on the legislative process, the ultimate goal is to make them leaders of tomorrow.The Young Legislators Program was designed to mirror California’s State Assembly. The program is divided into two parts:
- The legislative process
- Community service
The legislative portion of the program enables students to learn about how a bill becomes a law. In one of their sessions, Young Legislators elect their own leaders and are appointed to committees. They discuss possible ideas for legislation, learn how to draft bills, submit their ideas to committees, and debate and strategize the ways in which to gain approval for their bills. In addition, the Young Legislators track actual bills introduced in the State Legislature. All students who complete the program will travel to Sacramento to hold mock committee meetings and a mock floor session at the State Capitol. The trip also enables the Young Legislators to meet with other legislators and policymakers.
The community service portion provides hands-on experience to the Young Legislators by requiring that they attend community events hosted by the District Office. The 40-hour requirement enables Young Legislators to learn about the District’s diverse cultures and communities, as well as the ways in which they can interact with government offices, local businesses, and residents. The program aims to inspire, educate, and encourage young people to participate and invest in their community.
Your donation to the Young Legislators Program offsets the cost for participants to travel to Sacramento and engage with policymakers.