This program gives high school students an opportunity to experience democracy in action and is designed to foster a strong sense of civic responsibility. Students participating in the program will meet weekly with their local delegation.
During their weekly meetings, delegates work together to solve a problem facing Californians by researching and writing an effective piece of legislation. Later, delegates present, debate and vote upon the proposed legislation and an elected Youth Governor either signs or vetoes the bills.
Through hands-on participation in a variety of civic roles, students learn to understand and appreciate the California state government. In the process, they learn self-confidence, problem-solving, collaboration, public speaking, logic and the art of argument—all while building a lifelong sense of value.