Youth Legislature takes over State House - Montgomery Alabama news.

Youth Legislature takes over State House

Posted: Updated:
  • More newsMore>>

  • Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

    Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:30 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:30:33 GMT
    After more than six weeks of sometimes testy talks, House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records...More >>
    A bipartisan deal to improve veterans' health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays, the bill's chief...More >>
  • Israeli PM speaks of 'prolonged' campaign in Gaza

    Israeli PM speaks of 'prolonged' campaign in Gaza

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:16 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:16:39 GMT
    Israel and Hamas have lowered the pace of the fighting in the three-week-old Gaza war as international efforts intensify to end the conflict that has already killed 1,030 Palestinians and 43 Israeli soldiers.More >>
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel must be ready for a "prolonged" military operation in the Gaza Strip and will "act aggressively and responsibly" until the mission is completed.More >>
  • Police investigate deaths of family of 5 in Maine

    Police investigate deaths of family of 5 in Maine

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:01 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:01:42 GMT
    Neighbors struggled to make sense of the shooting deaths of a family of five in which the father was known to many throughout their apartment complex as a friendly maintenance worker.More >>
    A family of five found shot to death in their Maine apartment had moved from Arizona because of the sour economy and had financial problems, according to a relative.More >>

By Amy Dennis

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Almost 400 youth took over the Alabama State House for the 66th  Annual  Alabama YMCA Youth Legislature this weekend.       

Youth Legislature is a part of the Alabama YMCA Youth in Government program, which provides youth with the opportunity to be involved in government while they are still in school.  The program gives students a chance to show they care about what is going on in their state, and how they plan to contribute to its overall growth and development.       

The youth assume all the roles of the real Legislature and related branches of government: there is a Senate and its officers, the House and its officers, the Supreme Court, and the governor's office.  Delegates to the conference each write their own bill and present them in front of their respective chamber, debate ensues, and maybe Youth Governor Noah Crawford of Spain Park High School in Birmingham will sign it into law.

In addition to legislators and Supreme Court members, youth serve as lobbyists and members of the news media.  These young people may not be up front speaking out in debate, but they play a vital role in the conference.  The news media members serve as the eyes and ears of the conference, providing students with documentation of everything that the weekend has to offer.

Youth Gov. Crawford said, "I want people to walk away with not only stronger beliefs, but to learn why they believe what they believe."

The Youth Legislature is meeting Friday through Sunday.

Amy Dennis, a senior at Booker T. Washington Magnet High in Montgomery, is serving as editor of the Youth Legislature's newspaper, blog and social media outlets.

Copyright 2014 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow