Youth Programs (2020-21)


In a typical year, 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. LWVS annually sponsors and funds the expenses for two highly qualified Scarsdale students, selected from an outstanding pool of applicants, to attend the conference. In 2021, SIA will be held virtually, and will include meetings in small groups with state legislators to discuss issues and advocacy.


The League of Women Voters of Westchester plans this annual workshop 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.


LWVS helps educators and administrators at the Middle School run a mock general election for the students as well as a mock Super Tuesday primary during presidential election years. In a typical year, LWVW volunteers prepare age appropriate Voter’s Guides for the students and then serve as poll workers 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, similar to TV’s “Jeopardy,” is a fast-paced, fun and educational trivia game designed to educate middle school-aged children about national, state and local civics, particularly during election years. Students compete in teams to answer questions from subject-matter categories such as Current Issues, the U.S. Government, Campaigns and Elections, the Candidates, the Electoral Process and Presidential History.