STUDENTS INSIDE ALBANY (SIA)
With the Covid cancellation of SIA 2022, we offered this year's spots to last year's selected students, Kaeleigh Picco and Pierce Berke. Unfortunately, Kaeleigh's school schedule in May won't allow her to participate. But Pierce in on board and the student joining him this year is Jesse Collins, from John Jay High School.
Congratulations to Kaeleigh Picco of Somers High School and Pierce Berke of John Jay High School.
Kaeleigh and Pierce
photo credit: Barbara Dodds
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.
CLICK HERE to view photos of past SIA winners
STUDENT VOTER REGISTRATION
DID YOU KNOW that you can PRE-REGISTER to vote if you are 16 or 17? Section 2 of New York State's voter registration form allows for pending registrations. Pre-register now and, when you turn 18, you will be registered.
We were at four area high schools this fall: three of National Voter Registration Day (Fox Lane, Harvey & Somers) and one at the end of September (John Jay). Thank you to the administrators and students for welcoming us to campus. We ended up with 78 completed forms (a mix of registrations and pre-registrations) and hand-delivered them to the Board of Elections in White Plains.
SEE YOU IN THE SPRING!