SARATOGA COUNTY — The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County is accepting applications for high school juniors living in the county to attend “Students Inside Albany,” a conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation, Inc. The conference will be held May 17-20 this year.
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The intensive, four-day training experience will bring together high school students from across the state to learn about New York State government and the process by which citizens can participate in the policy making arena. The program is designed to increase students’ awareness of their responsibility in representative government and provide the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility.
Albany Insiders discuss the operations of New York State government. Organizers say students develop knowledge of the disparate forces that influence policy development. Additionally, the participants are afforded the opportunity to observe assembly and senate sessions and to shadow both their assembly members and senators.
All conference expenses for the successful candidates will be covered by the LWV of Saratoga County, including transportation, lodging, meals and snacks. The conference starts on a Sunday afternoon and ends on a Wednesday afternoon, so each student will miss two, possibly three days of school.
Students are selected by their local league and their community, with their local league setting the criteria for sending student representatives to the capitol. Each student may be asked to write about the conference for their sponsoring local league’s bulletin and may also be asked to be a special guest at one of their meetings.
The two students chosen to represent LWV Saratoga County last year include Kali DeMarco of Mechanicville and Emma Cohen of Stillwater.
In addition to Students Inside Albany, local LWV groups organize a number of other youth leadership and civic engagement programs such as Take Me to Vote, Student Parent Mock Elections, Kids Voting USA, Running and Winning, and the Working Group on Girls.