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Young people are a powerful force for change. As future reformers, young people have innovative ideas on how to solve the political, economic, and social problems facing their communities. The Civic Engagement Institute for Youth engages young people in the democratic process and best practices of civic engagement.

Civic Engagement Institute
The Civic Engagement Institute for Youth is designed to engage students in the democratic process and teach them best practices of civic engagement. Each year, approximately 25-30 students from various schools throughout Calcasieu Parish come together to gather research in an area of local, state and national concern. Divided into groups of 5-6, participants select a specific topic or issue that affects them and their peers; research and compile information about their topic; and organize the information into a proposal which they present to area decision makers, legislators and stake holders at the end of the Institute. During the Institute, students will also have the opportunity to participate in leadership activities where youth will develop communication skills, leadership principles, cooperation, trust, problem solving and effective teamwork; which promotes self-respect and responsibility, leading to a healthy and responsible way of life.

Legislative Day
Each year a select group of youth are chosen to represent their peers at the state Capitol during Legislative Day. Youth research and prepare position papers on issues that are of concern to them to present to their legislators while in Baton Rouge.

For more information, please contact Morgan Angelle at 337-436-9533 or [email protected].

Young People’s Position Papers on Important Issues

Young people participating in Civic Engagement Training Institutes wrote these position papers as their first step to becoming engaged in advocacy.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the following position papers are not the views of Family & Youth Counseling Agency, Inc as an organization, but rather the views of the high school aged participants of the Civic Engagement Training Institutes whom drafted the papers themselves.

Each year a select group of youth are chosen to represent their peers at the state Capitol during Chamber Day. Youth research and prepare position papers on issues that are of concern to them to present to their legislators while in Baton Rouge. 

Chamber Day 2019

Youth spoke with legislators on current bills slated for the session. Topics were selected based on issues of concern for youth and their peers. 

Topics spoken about were: 

HOUSE BILL NO. 256
HOUSE BILL NO. 602
HOUSE BILL NO. 525

Chamber Day 2018

Youth spoke with legislators on current bills slated for the session. Topics were selected based on issues of concern for youth and their peers. 

Topics spoken about were: 

HOUSE BILL NO. 338
HOUSE BILL NO. 45
HOUSE BILL NO. 145

Chamber Day 2017

Youth spoke with legislators on current bills slated for the session. Topics were selected based on issues of concern for youth and their peers. 

Topics spoken about were: 

HCR 60, Health/Smoking 
HB 194, TOPS GPA requirements
SB 96, Controlled Dangerous Substance
HCR 61, Louisiana Bullying Task Force