Raleigh, NC– MARCH, 2018
The Legislative Services Commission of the North Carolina of the North Carolina General Assembly is hosting the 48th Annual Youth Legislative Assembly (YLA) April 6 – 8, 2018, in the Legislative Office Building in downtown Raleigh.
Senator Terry Van Duyn is sponsoring a scholarship for Sawyer Taylor-Arnold an 11th grader at Asheville High School to participate in this year’s Youth Legislative Assembly. Sawyer is an exceptional young lady who is involved in the community in Buncombe County. Sawyer was selected as one of four high school students coordinators in charge of organizing the Anniversary Women’s March on Asheville on January 27, 2018. She has shown great leadership potential.
“The Youth Legislative Assembly is an opportunity for students to learn how the legislative process works in an actual legislative environment,” said Senator Van Duyn “I am proud to sponsor Sawyer to attend the 2018 Youth Legislative Assembly and to partner with the Youth Legislative Assembly to develop youth leadership skills. The experience will be very instructive and rewarding for all the students.”
Approximately 200 North Carolina high school students are expected to attend. The students draft bills, elect leaders, engage in debate, and vote on mock legislation.
Mirroring the real North Carolina General Assembly, students will assemble to elect a leadership team, choose bill topics, draft bills to be debated and be voted up or down. Past topics include random drug testing of high school athletes, offshore drilling, and increasing the minimum drop-out age for high school students. Legislative support is vital to the Youth Legislative Assembly Program.