Legischool is a civic education collaboration between Sacramento State and the State Legislature, administered by the Center for California Studies. The mission of LegiSchool is to engage young people in matters of public policy and state government by creating opportunities for students and leaders to meet and share ideas on the problems affecting Californians. In doing so, 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 spring, LegiSchool has a number of exciting upcoming events and ways for students around California to be involved in the program and get civically engaged in their communities.

Essay Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the winners of the LegiSchool Essay Contest!  This year students wrote on the topic of delaying school start times and were asked to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of such a policy.  After reviewing a record number of entries, 10 winners were selected.  The winning students are excited to attend the Legislative Summit at the State Capitol next week where they will have the opportunity to learn more about state government and education policy issues and meet with members of the State Legislature.

2017 Essay Contest Winners

Alyssa Cazares, Hueneme High School (Ventura, CA)

Nicholas Dinh, Fountain Valley High School (Fountain Valley, CA)

Aileen Nguyen, Fountain Valley High School (Fountain Valley, CA)

Theodore Vuong, Fountain Valley High School (Fountain Valley, CA)

Dianne Bui, Fountain Valley High School (Fountain Valley, CA)

Eva Mak, Fountain Valley High School (Fountain Valley, CA)

Adrian Jaimes-Martinez, Brawley Union High School (Brawley, CA)

Rebecca Mena, Brawley Union High School (Brawley, CA)

Luis Ayala, Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy (Wilmington, CA)

Grace Lim, Academy of the Canyons (Santa Clarita, CA)

 Editorial Cartoon Contest and Photo Contest 


Allison Goldsmith, Culver City High School

LegiSchool is currently accepting submissions to our Editorial Cartoon Contest. Winners receive cash prizes and have their art pieces published online by  KQED. This contest is open to all students currently enrolled in a California high school. Contest details can be found here.


High school students are also invited to submit their photography to our spring contest. “California Through My Eyes” Photo Contest.  Click here for examples of prior years’ entries. Contest details, including information about the case prize, can be found here.  APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 5, 2017

Real World Civics Summer Internship

Are you a Sacramento-area high school student wondering what it is like to work in the Capital or Executive Branch?  Here is your chance to find out!  The Real World Civics Internship Program offers local high school students the opportunity to “learn by doing” and work in a Senate or Assembly office and the Executive Branch of government. Interns also get to participate in a week-long exploration of the Judicial Branch (Court Camp) and participate in field trips such as to the State Archives and California Highway Patrol Academy.

For more details about the program, to read about former interns experiences, and to see if you meet the requirements visit our website.

Town Hall Meeting Thank You’s….

In February LegiSchool put on a Town Hall Meeting on the topic of autonomous vehicles. High school students from around the state traveled to Sacramento to take part in this exciting event. A special thank you to our participating panelists: Captain Sean Duryee and Lieutenant Reggie Williams from the CHP; General Motor’s regional manager Juanita Martinez; and Deputy Director of the DMV, Brian Soublet. After the panel discussion, students were welcomed by Capitol staffers and led on tours throughout the Capitol. And many thanks to our tour guides: Sarah Couch, Carrie Holmes, Alex Vassar, Lauren Aguilar and Mark Rossow.

If you are an educator interested in bringing students to a future Town Hall MeetingTown Hall please email legischool@csus.edu.  All Town Hall Meeting curriculum guides are available on our website.

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