“I felt like I had the power to make a major decision that would change the world.” “Awesome! The scavenger hunt was so much fun.” “It was an amazing experience.” “I can’t wait to come back next year.”
These are some of the comments from students who attended past youth track programs at the Annual Assembly. The youth track offers students (6th grade and up) a unique experience to understand Missouri history and participate in the democratic process.
The youth track begins at 10 a.m., with a special workshop for youth in the Senate Chamber. This year, in honor of St. Francis and his love of nature, the youth workshop will examine stream ecology and stewardship. April Perry, a Stream Team Volunteer with the Missouri Department of Conservation, will introduce stream ecology, including the relationships between organisms that rely on moving-water habitats and factors degrading our streams.
At 11 a.m., youth will be able to participate in a scavenger hunt. The Missouri State Capitol is full of history and information about our state government. The students will have an hour to explore the building trying to find tidbits of information relating to our state. Prizes will be awarded.
The highlight of the day for many will come at 1 p.m., with the Mock Legislature when students will join with other youth in debating controversial bills faced by lawmakers. Youth sit in the same seats as Missouri Senators and follow the same rules and procedures followed by lawmakers. The bills to be debated this year include immigration reform, a transportation tax, and whether to close stores on Thanksgiving.
Posted: September 19, 2013