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November 11, 2018

APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR 49th ANNUAL YOUTH LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

Leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly invite North Carolina high
school students to apply for the 49th Annual Youth Legislative Assembly (YLA).
“North Carolina’s Youth Legislative Assembly offers students a unique opportunity to
learn first-hand about the legislative process and to develop leadership skills that will help
them succeed in life,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger and House Speaker
Tim Moore. “We are proud to continue this long tradition of helping prepare our state’s
future leaders.”
The Legislative Services Office, under the North Carolina General Assembly, is now accepting
applications for the conference to be held April 12 – 14, 2019, in Raleigh. Applications will be
accepted through December X, 2018. The application can be found online at
http://www.ncleg.net/ncgainfo/YLA.html .
The YLA teaches high school students about the laws governing North Carolina’s citizens as
well as the lawmaking process. Students draft, debate and vote on mock legislative bills while
developing skills in research, interviewing, group facilitation and policy writing. As the bills are
debated, the students get a chance to practice communicating their ideas, opinions and
experiences in a team-building environment. At the conclusion of the three-day program, the
participants have a better understanding of the lawmaking process as well as enhanced written
and oral communication skills.
YLA provides the opportunity for North Carolina’s youth to engage with peers from across the
state in a structured, positive, youth-focused environment. The YLA program is open to students
in North Carolina who are in good standing at a public, private, charter or home school.
For more information please email YLA Coordinator erica.gallion@ncleg.net or call 919-301-
1372.
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