Teens learn the meaning and functionality of democracy in our nation by assuming roles of elected state officials and researching, writing and debating their bills. Students will learn how to write a bill, sharpen their public speaking skills and be the voice of Eastern Washington. Six-hundred students throughout the state will meet in the capitol building in Olympia, WA in May to debate their bills and be heard. There will be a dance at the end of the youth legislature in the capitol building to conclude the year. Meetings begin in October.
Location: Pioneer Middle School Library
Fee includes hotel room, transportation, three breakfasts and three dinners while in Olympia (4 days). Students are responsible for lunches. Total fees are due to the YMCA by end of April 2020 in order to attend the trip to Olympia.
In order to ensure that the cost of this program does not prevent anyone from participating, we have scholarships available for those that apply. WA STATE Y&G Financial Aid Applications are due January 2020. Delegations also participate in numerous fundraising opportunities to reduce out-of-pocket expense to the participants.
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