A group of high school students from Benet Academy are getting the chance to learn more about state government through a youth program put on by State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville). The program’s goal is to get young people engaged and involved in public service and the legislative process.
On February 24, Sen. Connelly met with the students for the first time, where they learned about the process of passing a bill. Connelly also introduced the students to a bill that he sponsors. Throughout the course of the program, the students will be asked to track and follow the bill’s process.
In the spring, the students will get the opportunity to visit the State Capitol in Springfield. There, they will get to sit in on a committee hearing, tour the Capitol, and watch live floor action from the Senate Gallery.
Photos from the program can be found in Sen. Connelly’s Youth Program Photo Gallery.
This program is part of a larger youth program Senator Connelly hopes to begin in the fall called the Youth Advisory Council. The Youth Advisory Council will consist of two to three outstanding students per high school within my Senate District. The chosen students will meet with me and Senate staff bi-annually – once in the fall at a location in my district to brainstorm and discuss issues that are important to today’s youth, and once in the spring in Springfield to experience the legislative process at the State Capitol.