The Black Youth Leadership Project is now accepting applications for its Annual Legislative Open House, which will be held on Friday, March 6th in the State Capitol. The event is open to all high school students in California. All interested students are encouraged to apply. Participation is free, however, transportation to and from the event is the responsibility of each student.
Approximately 100 students will be selected from a statewide application process that focuses on demonstrated leadership, community service and interest in politics and government.
An application may be accessed via the Internet at www.blackyouthleadershipproject.com or by contacting Lorreen Pryor at (916) 319-3822.
Completed applications are due by February 6, and selected participants will be notified on Friday, February 13.
Since 1999, BYLP has hosted the Annual Legislative Open House at the State Capitol for African American high school students for the purpose of inspiring young leaders to increase their interaction with government and to have them share the importance of involvement and advocacy with their peers.
The open house will include a brief introduction and overview of the legislative process. Students will also participate in mock committee hearings in which they will assume the roles of Legislators, lobbyists and/or representatives from the administration or the Legislative Analyst's Office.
In the afternoon, participants will take part in a mock floor session in the Assembly Chambers where they will have an opportunity to debate policy issues. Some students will be selected to preside as Speaker of the House during the session while others will be selected to serve as the Reading Clerk. An awards ceremony at which students will be acknowledged and congratulated for their participation in the day's event will conclude the event. Lunch and snacks will be provided.
BYLP's purpose is to encourage African American high school and college students to increase their interaction with our state's political and community leaders. BYLP seeks to help make the Capitol and its legislative staff of African American descent more accessible to the community and our schools.