Sacramento – More than 50 African American high school junior and seniors from throughout the state have traveled to Sacramento for a week-long youth leadership program sponsored by the California Legislative Black Caucus -The African-American Leaders for Tomorrow Youth Conference.
The students are housed in dorms at California State University from July 23-30th where they have participated in various workshops during the week on community advocacy, college preparation, cross-cultural collaboration, entrepreneurship and campaign development.
They have also met with various elected officials and community leaders including Mayor Kevin Johnson and State Senator Curren Price, Sacramento and labor leader Bill Camp.
A large portion of the week as been devoted to preparing the youth for Leg Day at the Capitol where they will participate in a mock day at the Legislature in the and present and argue bills in the Senate Chambers and also vote to pass their own version of the State Budget.
What: Leg Day at the Capitol
When: Friday July, 29, 201, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: State Capitol
Friday, July 29th Agenda at the Capitol
Policy and Process Panel: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. in Room 3191
Mock Committee Hearing: 10 a.m. – Noon in Room 3191
Mock Floor Session: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. in Senate Chambers
There are a number of exemplary students with moving stories including Marquis Williams, a male opera singer; Dominique Williams who has authored a book ready for publishing; Julia Vaughn, a 4.0 student who lives in a foster home and Jalin Carter, a young scholar with his 10-year plan already mapped out. All are eager to articulate the learning and networking opportunity that the program has afforded them and available for interviews.