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Youth Legislative Assembly March 11-13

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Published in News on January 17, 2011 1:46 PM

RALEIGH -- The Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office of the North Carolina Department of Administration will accept applications through Feb. 11 for the 41st annual Youth Legislative Assembly to be held March 11-13 in Raleigh.

Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

The assembly is an opportunity for high school students to write, debate and vote on bills and share their views with legislators and other state government officials. General sessions will be held at the Legislative Office Building, room 643, with other activities at the Marriott Raleigh City Center.

Following procedures used by members of the General Assembly, participants will work in one of ten committees before gathering for general sessions. Among the items to be considered are inclusion of sexual orientation into the civil rights law, a mandate that all public schools establish a compulsory foreign language class for kindergarten to eighth grade students, and establishment of a state-run health care coverage plan for residents denied coverage by Medicare/Medicaid and private insurance. A youth assembly final report will be sent to the governor, members of the General Assembly and other key state leaders.

The per-student fee of $125 (four students in one room) or $165 (two students in one room) covers hotel accommodations for two nights, five meals, a T-shirt and conference materials. Fees must be included with the application and will increase after Feb. 11. Written notice of acceptance or denial of registration will be provided by Feb. 25.

For scholarships or other YLA information, contact YLA Coordinator Cynthia Giles at (919) 807-4400 or Cynthia.giles@doa.nc.gov.

To download registration forms, visit http://www.doa.state.nc.us/yaio/youthcouncils-yla.htm.