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Are you a high school student with a strong interest in government or politics? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you. The League of Women Voters of New Castle (LWVNC) is looking to sponsor a high school student to attend the 2017 Students Inside Albany conference to be held from May 21-24, 2017 in Albany.
This student conference, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation, Inc., is designed to increase students' awareness of their responsibility in a representative government and provide the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility. This interactive conference 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. As part of the program, students will also tour the Capitol and observe the Senate and Assembly in action by spending an afternoon shadowing their legislators. For the last five years, a Horace Greeley student has attended Students Inside Albany.
Brandon Hilfer found attending the conference to be a very worthwhile experience and highly recommends the program to fellow students:
"SIA was truly a life changing experience for me. I saw that our state government is comprised of many different vibrant, multi-faceted institutions. Individual personalities play an enormous role in these institutions' accomplishments. After my time in Albany, I am inspired to bring back the lessons I learned to Horace Greeley High School. As a student leader, I want to combat apathy by giving different sectors an organized way of sharing their views. SIA gave me the tools to strengthen my own community, and I am grateful to have participated in the conference."
This year's LWVNC attendee will be selected to join other students sponsored by the over 50 local League of Women Voters chapters throughout New York State. Attendance is free: the LWVNC will provide train fare for the student to travel to Albany; all other costs of attending the conference, including three nights' accommodations at the Hotel Albany in downtown Albany, will be covered by the League of Women Voters of New York. All applicants will receive a student membership in the LWVNC and the winner will be invited to share their Conference experience with League members.
Click for an informational brochure or to obtain a copy of the 2017 application. You may also contact Jennifer Mebes Flagg, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions. Applications are due by February 10, 2017.
Past Student Participants in the Students Inside Albany Conference
2016 - Fiona Dubrosa, Greeley Junior
2015 - Melanie Leason, Greeley Junior
2014 - Brandon Hilfer, Greeley Sophomore
2013 - Jacob Bayer, Greeley Junior
2012 - Tim Bloom, Greeley Junior