Making Democracy Work

Youth Programs

Students Inside Albany

Interested in the New York State Legislative Process?


TWO STUDENTS will be given the opportunity to:

Meet students from around the state
Learn how one participates in state gov't process
Tour the New York State Capitol
Shadow one of your legislators


* Download the 2017 Students Inside Albany Application
* Be a sophomore, junior or senior student who attends Scarsdale High School or who resides in the school district
* Submit the completed application by FEB. 3, 2017
* Expect all expenses including travel and hotel to be covered
* Contact the 2017 LWVS SIA Co-chairs: Joan Mazur and Julie Zhu at for more information.

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Scarsdale and the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation


Last year, Scarsdale High School students, Zoe Ewing and Chloe Suzman, attended the League's SIA four-day conference in Albany. They were chosen from among a pool of outstanding applicants in a competitive process open to students attending Scarsdale High School or residing in Scarsdale.

The 2016 Scarsdale Student Inside Albany Attendees, Zoe Ewing and Chloe Suzman, with New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin in her office

Zoe and Chloe wrote the following about their experience:

The Students Inside Albany program was engaging, informative and rewarding. The knowledge we gained and the relationships we formed will serve us well into the future and we are so grateful that the League of Women Voters gave us this wonderful opportunity. Whether or not we ever choose to run for elected office, we know that participating in Students Inside Albany has helped us on our journey to becoming the active and informed citizens that we aspire to be.

Click here for the complete student article.

Students Inside Albany is an intensive four-day conference run by the New York State League of Women Voters Education Foundation. The program is designed to immerse students in the process by which public policy is proposed, enacted and changed in New York State and educate them as to how they can influence and affect this process. The conference brings approximately 60 students from across the State to Albany to get a first-hand education about their state government. 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. All expenses of the students to attend the conference will be paid by the State League Education Foundation and the Scarsdale League of Women Voters.

Presidential Pursuit

Presidential Pursuit at Scarsdale Middle School

The Presidential Pursuit is a fast paced, fun and educational game designed to impart knowledge to middle school aged children particularly during election years.

Similar to "Trivial Pursuit", the kids compete by teams in answering questions from color coded 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.

The competition was stiff!

Running and Winning

Running and Winning is a program which inspires Westchester teenage girls to run for public office one day. The program is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Westchester County and others. For more information, contact Cheryl Feldman at the League of Women Voters of Westchester.