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Youth Legislature is a two-day mock legislative session held at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Each year more than 1,800 middle school students throughout Louisiana come together to learn the legislative process through hands on experience. Students participate in the process and procedures of Louisiana state government. This program allows students to learn the legislative process firsthand.

Students run for and elect a Governor, Speaker of the House, and Senate President. Through Youth Legislature, students have the opportunity to participate in the entire legislative process. Students write, sponsor, and debate bills. They lead and serve on legislative committees and speak publicly before an audience. The Press gathers and reports information about Bills, Legislators, Senators and the Governors cabinet while photojournalist document the proceedings through photography and videography and post on social media.


Youth Legislature provides students with the experience that supports and solidifies information studied in the classroom. Youth Legislature promotes and encourages youth leadership characteristics, participation, cooperation and teamwork among peers. This event gives the students the confidence they need to go on to participate in leadership roles in high school and in their community.


Youth Legislature began in 1978 and this school year more than 1,800 students from 50 schools in 15 parishes will participate.


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Program Director: Lauren Godard

Assistant: Paula Braud LeBlanc

Contact information: 1415 Main Street, Baton Rouge, LA

Staff: Dawn Escott (Gov), Lisa Clingan (Senate), Cheryle Totten (House), Carol Trahan (Press), Lance Braud (Production), Elizabeth Heath (Secretary), Rakia Adams (Assistant), Kiara Adams (Assistant)

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