[R76] General Assembly Hosts ILYAC (1/24/2012)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Start Date: 1/24/2012
End Date: 1/24/2012

General Assembly Hosts ILYAC

This Wednesday, I have the privilege of hosting sixteen students from the Indiana Youth legislative Council (ILYAC) at the Statehouse. 
ILYAC is a body of Indiana youths from across the state that serve in an advisory capacity to the Indiana General Assembly and report on issues affecting young adults in Indiana. This is an incredibly hard-working and bright group of young adults, and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with this council over the past few months.  

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. 

This is an excellent academic program and it is a privilege to work with such a talented group of students.  I look forward to their Statehouse visit tomorrow and to hearing their fresh legislative opinions.