General Assembly Hosts ILYAC
Since becoming involved with the council, it was a goal of mine to bring them to the Statehouse and have them experience the legislative process first hand. One of their key roles is to communicate their recommendation and concerns on legislation to the General Assembly. What better way to help them formulate those opinions than observing a session, committees and meetings?
They will attend these key legislative activities by shadowing a fellow legislator for the day. This will allow them to become fully immersed in the process. They will go on a tour of the Statehouse and learn about its rich history. Also, during their visit we will continue our discussion from this summer on the best way for them to communicate with the General Assembly and I will answer any questions they have.
It is my hope that they walk away from the day having a better understanding of the process and feeling more connected to the General Assembly. I feel passionate about getting our students involved in government early on, so that one day they feel comfortable to take on leadership roles themselves.
The council was established in 2008 and members are chosen through an appointment process and range in age from 16 to 22. The program is run by the Indiana Bar Foundation Center for Civic Education.