The LegiSchool Project is pleased to announce our 2016-17 programming!

LegiSchool is a civic education collaboration between the Center for California Studies and the State Legislature. Our mission is to engage young people in matters of public policy and state government. We do this by providing a platform for high school students to “learn by doing”. Through our programming students can experience state government first-hand, and we urge them to think critically about issues that are important to Californians. By focusing on issues that directly impact students, we hope to motivate young people to take an interest in the public life around them and to encourage their active participation in our political process.

This year we are tackling the timely topics of how the state regulates tobacco use and driverless vehicles in our December and February Town Halls. In addition, we will continue to host our increasingly popular annual contests as well as our summer civics internship at the State Capitol. Program details can be found in our newsletter or on the website. You can also stay up-to-date on all of the LegiSchool happenings by following our blog.

Right now, juniors and seniors around the state are invited to enter our essay contest. The topic is whether the school day should start later. The top 10 essayists receive roundtrip travel to the State Capitol to meet with legislators and other state leaders and share their thoughts and opinions. The postmark deadline for essays is November 18.

If you are interested in learning more about LegiSchool, don’t hesitate to contact interim director Elisia Hoffman at