The highlight for most students is the opportunity to shadow their state representatives for an afternoon, with many students getting the opportunity to attend a session on the Chamber floor.
The State League Education Foundation and the Scarsdale League of Women Voters funded the expenses for two highly qualified Scarsdale students, selected from an outstanding pool of applicants, to attend the conference. In reflecting on their experience this year, they wrote:
The Students Inside Albany program was extremely rewarding. In addition to being academically stimulating, the program was a lot of fun, in parts due to the encouraged bonding with evening activities like bowling and foosball! In three days, so much was accomplished as we covered extensively every part of state government, from county legislators to the Court of Appeals. We walked in the footsteps of our legislators, joining them on the floor and in meetings with their staffs and colleagues. We toured the halls of power of New York State, from the courtrooms to the legislative chambers to the governor's office. We learned so much about specific issues and advocacy as a whole that has made us more engaged and more active citizens. But beyond the incredible levels of access and information given to us, the opportunity to meet so many bright and driven students from across the state was similarly unparalleled. We both made friends that we've kept in contact with in the weeks since the conference and connections that we will definitely preserve into the future.
Follow this link to read the full article written by Scarsdale's two student representatives.
Follow this link for the 2020 Students Inside Albany Application and Instructions.
This workshop is designed to give young women* in high school the opportunity to explore public service as a career. During the session, participants will talk with local women* office holders, expand their leadership abilities and develop teamwork skills.
League volunteers staff tables in the SMS Great Hall where students check in to vote on computers at polling booths. Each student receives an "I Voted Today" sticker to mark their participation at the polls.
Civics Jeopardy is a fast-paced, fun and educational game designed to educate middle school-aged children about national, state and local civics, particularly during election years.
Similar to TV's "Jeopardy", the kids compete in teams by answering questions from subject-matter categories including: Current Issues, the U.S. Government, Campaigns and Elections, the Candidates, the Electoral Process and Presidential History. Everyone was a winner taking home LWVS logo pencils and Voter Guides!