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 10-13. 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.

“Participants will be able to engage with their peers from across the state to discuss and debate the issues that are important to their communities,” said Ami Johnson, the Legislature’s civic education coordinator.

The deadline to register is May 15. Students are encouraged to submit an essay to be considered for several scholarships that cover the full cost of tuition. Partial scholarships also are available.

To learn more about the program, go to www.NebraskaLegislature.gov/uyl, email uio@leg.ne.gov or call (402) 471-2788.

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.

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