[r76] Local Student Joins The Indiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council (9/12/2011)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Start Date: 9/12/2011 All Day
End Date: 9/12/2011

Local Student Joins The Indiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council

The Indiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council (ILYAC) is a body of 22 Indiana youths from across the state who serve in an advisory capacity to the Indiana General Assembly and report on issues affecting young adults in Indiana. The council was established in 2008 through House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1162. Members are chosen through an appointment process and serve on the council for two years.

This year a student from our local community, Layton Hopper, joined ILYAC through an appointment made by Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma. He will be joining two other local students from our community who are members of ILYAC--Juliana Pajdo from Evansville and Bailey Trela from New Harmony.

Layton Hopper could not be better suited to serve on this council. He is highly intelligent, involved in his community and has extensive knowledge in state government, which is why I recommended him for this position.

I had the privilege of working with Layton when I ran for state representative last year.  Joining my campaign in a volunteer capacity, he proved to be an invaluable asset. He quickly immersed himself in all facets of the campaign even though he himself could not yet vote.

To say Layton Hopper resume is extensive is an understatement.  At age 18, he already has a resume filled with leadership experiences, community work, sports activities and student government roles. He is an extremely motivated young man and I ascertain we are only beginning to see the achievements Layton might accrue.

In his own words, he has always found politics fascinating and hopes one day to serve the public himself as an elected official.  He is well on his way to reaching that goal. He will be an asset to this council and along with his peers provide great insights to the Legislature on proposed legislation that concerns young Hoosiers.

Members of ILYAC advise on pending legislation, conduct periodic seminars on leadership and government and submit a final report with all of their findings, observations, and recommendations. The council meets between three and six times a year and can hold two public hearings to receive testimony concerning Indiana youth.

Members range in age from 16 to 22 and the program is run by the Indiana Bar Foundation Center for Civic Education.  Of the 22 member council, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Minority Leader of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives each appoint five individuals to the council with the remaining two appointments coming from the Governor.

I had the honor of speaking to the council this summer at one of their meetings. It was great to interact with these students and to hear their questions about the various projects they are working on. I also spoke to them about last session and how to best communicate with the Indiana General Assembly.

This is an excellent academic program and provides great insight into state government for these students.  The body of this council is exceptionally talented and I know they will represent Indiana's youth well. Congratulations Layton on the appointment.  I look forward to hearing the council recommendations in the upcoming legislative session.