Students invited to attend Unicameral Youth Legislature

High school students are invited to take on the role of state senators at the Unicameral Youth Legislature June 5-8. 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.

“Adopting the role of a student senator is the most engaging and memorable way that students can learn about the legislative process,” said Ami Johnson, the Legislature’s civic education coordinator.

The deadline to register is May 15. Registrants are encouraged to apply for the Speaker Greg Adams Civic Scholarship award, which covers the full cost of admission. Applicants must submit a short essay. Other $100 scholarships also are available.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Extension 4-H Youth Development Office coordinates housing and recreational activities for the camp as part of its Big Red Summer Camps program. To learn more about the program, go to www.NebraskaLegislature.gov/uyl or call (402) 471-2788.

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