High school students are invited to take on the role of state senators at the Unicameral Youth Legislature June 11th-14th. At the State Capitol, student senators will sponsor bills, conduct committee hearings, debate legislation and discover the unique process of the nation’s only unicameral.
The Unicameral Youth Legislature gives behind-the-scenes access to students who have an interest in public office, government, politics, law, public policy, debate or public speaking. Students will learn about the inner workings of the Legislature directly from senators and staff.
State Sen. John Stinner expressed his support for the Unicameral Youth Legislature. “Student engagement in the civic process is an essential part of our government. It is important not only to ‘fill the bench’ with our future leaders, but to give them an opportunity to enjoy an incredibly enlightening experience. The Unicameral Youth Legislature is fun and engaging. I would highly encourage the program for any of those who could benefit from it.”
Registrants are encouraged to apply for a Greg Adams Civic Scholarship award, which covers the full cost of admission. Applicants must submit a short essay. Other $100 scholarships are also available.
The Office of the Clerk of the Nebraska Legislature coordinates the Unicameral Youth Legislature. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Extension 4-H Youth Development Office coordinates housing and recreational activities as part of the Big Red Summer Camps program.
To learn more about the program, go to www.NebraskaLegislature.gov/uyl or call (402) 471-2788. The deadline for registration is May 15.