STUDENTS INSIDE ALBANY (SIA)

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

FOR SIA 2022!

We are accepting applications for the League’s 22nd annual Students Inside Albany program, which this year runs from May 22 to May 25.

 

Students Inside Albany (SIA) is a multi-day conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation. Each year, local leagues select a student or students to send to the Albany conference, at no cost to the student(s). LWVNEW’s two selected students will join their peers from all across the state for interactive workshops, a tour of the Capitol, and an opportunity to shadow their state legislators.

 

SIA is designed to increase high school students' awareness of their responsibility in representative government and provide information about the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility. Some of the workshop topics include the state budget process, the role of lobbyists in the legislative process, citizen rights to access government information, the role of media in politics, and the move to reform state government. The highlight for most students is attending a legislative session on the Chamber floor.

 

To be considered, a student must:

1) be a resident of a town served by LWVNEW (Bedford, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, North Salem or Pound Ridge)

2) be at least 16 years old by May 1

3) be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination, as well as agree to comply with any public masking rules

4) return completed applications by March 1

 

Students may obtain applications from their high school social studies department or by contacting LWVNEW Youth Coordinator Barbara Dodds at bdodds214@gmail.com.

 

STUDENT VOTER REGISTRATION

LWVNEW periodically conducts voter registration drives at area high schools. In 2019, we organized drives at Somers High School, John Jay High School, Fox Lane High School, and The Harvey School.

Over 325 students registered to vote!

Covid-19 prohibited us from registering student voters in 2020 and spring 2021. It was wonderful to be back in  the schools this fall (well, outside the schools!) to register new voters.

After every voter registration drive, we take completed registration forms directly to the Board of Elections in White Plains.

SIA 2020 Emely Aguilar.jpg
SIA 2020 Alex Goodman.jpg

LWVNEW's 2020 SIA selections were Fox Lane High School student Emely Garcia Aguilar of Mount Kisco and Hackley School student Alex Goodman of Bedford. 

Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the League was forced to cancel the 2020 conference. Emely and Alex agreed to participate in SIA 2021 as high school seniors. (The program was virtual.)

CLICK HERE to view photos of past SIA winners

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