The purpose of this one-day learning opportunity (Arkansas Youth Assembly) is to bring the workings of the state government alive to students in grades 9-12. Students are given an opportunity to discuss current state issues with state administrators, elected officials, and students from high schools throughout the state.
Each conference is led by teens elected to office by their fellow delegates or appointed by organizational staff. Held annually at the State Capitol in Little Rock, volunteers from various state departments act as resources for the students while they debate the issues. These volunteers, along with CCE Professional staff, help guide the students through mock committee meetings and procedures. Students debate and vote on the bills that their fellow delegates have written and presented. Bills that pass in committee are then taken to the floor of the House or Senate for full debate and vote.
Youth hold the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House. Participants also engage in campaigns and elections for officers who will serve during the following year.
DATES, PRICING, & LOCATION INFORMATION:
The event will be held in Spring 2023 in Little Rock at the Old State House.