Youth Programs

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January 25, 2024 – Deadline for Students in Albany Conference Application

Students Inside Albany (SIA) Experience May 19-22, 2024

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

The League’s primary youth program is the Students Inside Albany (SIA) 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 educate them as to how they can influence and affect this process. Albany insiders discuss the operations of the New York State government including how policy is shaped and enacted. 

The 23rd annual Students Inside Albany conference is scheduled to be held May 19-22, 2024 in Albany.  The conference, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation as well as League of Women Voters of Tompkins County, is designed to increase students’ awareness of their responsibility in a representative government and provide the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility.  This interactive conference will bring together high school students from across the state to learn about New York State government and the process by which citizens can participate in the policy making arena.  As part of this program, students will also tour the Capitol and observe both the Senate and Assembly in action by spending an afternoon shadowing their legislators.

Open to Juniors and Seniors in High School, all expenses are covered, including travel and three nights at a hotel in downtown Albany.  The participants will receive a student membership in the League of Women Voters of Tompkins County which includes an email newsletter and invitations to meetings on government related topics. 

For more information please see documents below, or contact Charlotte Coffman at:
(607) 351-9722 or

Applications are due on January 25, 2024.
Invitation Letter
Application Form
Nomination Form
Students Inside Albany 2023 Description
LWV NY State Students In Albany Information

Contact Information
Charlotte Coffman
(607) 351-9722

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