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Students Inside Albany (SIA) Experience May 21-22, 2021

The League of Women Voters of Tompkins County (LWVTC) is urgently seeking applications (deadline 3/05/2021) from interested Junior and Senior High School Students in Tompkins County to attend New York State League’s primary program for youth, the Students Inside Albany Conference.

This Conference, held in the spring, is designed to immerse students in the process by which public policy is proposed, enacted and changed in New York State and to educate them as to how they can influence, affect and be involved in this process. Albany insiders discuss the operations of the New York State government including how policy is shaped and enacted.

This year, the LWV of New York has created a virtual Conference to be held on May 21-22, 2021. While virtual, Students will still develop knowledge of the forces that influence policy development and have close contact with legislators.

The LWVTC is seeking applications from throughout the County for two local Junior or Senior year students to represent our League at this year’s Conference. Students who are interested in attending should submit a resume, including contact information for one reference, along with a one page or less essay on current events at any level of government by Friday, 03/05/2021 to The selection of two students will be made at the LWVTC Board Meeting on March 8, so that their names may be submitted to the State League by March 10.

The League of Women Voters of Tompkins County believes that educating and empowering the youth of our country to participate is vital to maintaining a strong democracy.

Tentative Schedule for SIA Conference 2021:

4:00 pm Welcome and Introductions
Laura Ladd Bierman, LWVNYS Executive Director and Crystal Joseph, LWVNYS Youth Director

4:10 pm Presentation on NY Youth Civics Initiative (NYYCI)
Jason Bohner, Director (NYC)
Daltin Danser, NYYCI Participant (Buffalo)
Moderator: Crystal Joseph

5:00 pm Presentation on NYS Government
Jennifer Wilson, LWVNYS Deputy Director and Legislative Director

5:45 pm Trivia, Networking and Informal Conversation of Participants

10:00 – 12 noon
Gather on Zoom
Media Panel on How the Media Influences Public Policy
Moderator: Jennifer Wilson
Panelists: TBD

1:00- 2:00 pm Legislative Session 1
2:15- 3:30 pm Legislative Session 2
Break Out Rooms with Legislators
Students will be assigned to break out rooms with legislators from their or neighboring
districts to discuss current issues and advocacy

3:30-4:00 Why Voting Matters
Laura Ladd Bierman, Crystal Joseph and Jennifer Wilson

4:00 – 4:30 Evaluation and Wrap Up

Please distribute this widely amongst your contacts. Students may be nominated by a teacher or other adult or may nominate themselves.

Contact Information
Megan Nettleton
(330) 962-5448