Along their journey to Sacramento, the Young Senators spent a day at Loyola Marymount University.
The Young Senators is a group of about 25 high school students learning about the legislative process in a program sponsored by state Sen. Gil Cedillo. Their program of monthly educational meetings culminates with a trip to Sacramento for a mock session in Senate chambers, meeting lawmakers and discussing their work with Cedillo.
“The students are learning how bills become laws and about leadership,” said Angelica Flores, an intern with Cedillo’s L.A. district office. “We’re also raising their interest in going to college.” At LMU, the Young Senators heard from an economics and political science student and a professional political consultant. They then broke into “committees” to discuss current bills before the state Senate. The students were also given a tour of the campus.
“They were very impressed with the campus,” said Arturo Chavez, district director in Cedillo’s L.A. office. “LMU is one of L.A.’s gems, but it’s not visited enough.”
Young Senators are drawn from 18 high schools in the 22nd District that Cedillo represents, covering communities in East L.A. County. The program brings interested students together with members of Cedillo’s staff to study and discuss the legislative process and the political circumstances lawmakers consider. The goal of the program is to educate students to become community leaders and to introduce them to higher education environments. The students will visit four campuses in addition to LMU.
Sabrina Mullen, an 11th-grader at Belmont High School in Los Angeles, went through the program last year and returned this year to help facilitate the meetings. She said she is learning a lot in the program and that this was her second visit to LMU. “It’s definitely going to the top of my list,” she said about her college prospects.
Posted April 5, 2010