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Young Legislators Program

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The Young Legislators Program offers high school seniors in the 73rd Assembly District a front row seat to the public policy and political arena. During the six month program, students will meet virtually once a month and engage in in-person volunteer activities to become better advocates on issues they care about, gain valuable leadership skills, and learn about the legislative process, all free of cost.

Up to 15 students each year will be provided an opportunity to learn about the state legislative process and public policy. The goal of the program is to equip our youth with the skills and knowledge to consider a career in government or public policy. The Young Legislators will meet for 6 monthly Saturday sessions from January through June (first Saturday of each month or alternative date/time) from 10AM-12PM to discuss various issues of importance such as cultural sensitivity and financial literacy, learn about legislative updates, current events, leadership development, and more. Sessions will be a mixture of virtual and in-person meetings and activities.


  • High school seniors or juniors with at least a 2.5 unweighted GPA.
  • Must live or attend school in the 73rd Assembly District (Costa Mesa, Irvine, and Tustin).
  • Commit to six monthly, up to two hour Saturday meetings (or alternate dates/times).

Selection Criteria

  • Must submit official high school transcript (can be requested from school counselor or administration).
  • Must complete application form including a short essay (500 words or less) on a public policy issue affecting California and how you think it can be solved.
  • Must be able to commit to all scheduled sessions and activities.

Admission to the program is highly competitive. Applications due November 30 at 5:00 PM. Notifications will be made to program participants by December 13.

Program Dates (1st Saturdays unless otherwise noted):

  • Session #1 – January: The Legislative Process, Public Policy & Administration
  • Session #2 – February: Financial Literacy & Post High School Preparation
  • Session #3 – March: Renewable Energy Tour & Policy Discussion
  • Session #4 – April: Water Resources Tour & Policy Discussion
  • Session #5 – May: Health Care Tour & Policy Discussion
  • Session #6 – June: Sacramento Trip or District Luncheon
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