At the Legislative Conference, delegates will have the opportunity to be a Representative or Senator to write and debate bills. Delegates can apply to serve as a Lobbyist speaking in favor or against a bill written by their peers or apply to be a Budget Analyst providing a fascial grade of feasibility as it relates to the North Carolina budget.
This experience increases awareness both of how our state government works and pertinent current events.
Delegates in grades 10 - 11 may choose to be a part of Youth and Government as a Representative. As a Representative, you will:
- Write and argue a bill in front of both the House and Senate Chambers. If your bill passes in both chambers, you will present before the Youth Governor to potentially have your bill signed into Youth and Government law.
- You must submit an original bill, either as an individual or in a group of no more than 3 people, in order to participate.
- No experience is required to participate.
- Representatives may also apply to be appointed as a Floor Leader or Committee Chair.
- Review the Legislator Overview to learn more.
Delegates who are in grades 11 & 12 may choose to take part in Youth and Government as a Senator. As a Senator you:
- Must submit an original bill, either as an individual or in a group no larger than 3 people, in order to participate
- You will argue your bill in front of both the Senate and House Chambers. If your bill passes in both chambers, you will present it in front of the Youth Governor for the opportunity to have your bill signed into Youth and Government Law.
- You must be a Junior or Senior with at least one year of Youth and Government conference experience.'
- Senators may also apply to be appointed as a Floor Leader or Committee Chair.
- Review the Legislative Overview to learn more about this role.
Delegates in grades 10 - 12 can choose to participate in NC Youth and Government as a Budget Analyst. In this role you:
- Will be assigned Youth and Government bills and must submit a budget analysis for each bill.
- You will argue for and against bills based on the best interest of state budgets, during both committees and chambers.
- You must be in grades 10 - 12 with one year of Youth and Government experience to participate as a Budget Analyst.
- Review the Budget Analyst overview to learn more about this role.
Delegates in grades 10 - 12 can participate in Youth and Government as a Lobbyist. In this role you will:
- Be assigned an area of interest and corresponding Youth and Government bills. You must submit a background paper arguing in favor of or in opposition to each bill assigned in order to participate.
- Argue for or against bills, based on what is in the best interest of your area, during chambers at conference.
- Work as teams to hold rallies, collect signatures on petitions and work to sway legislator opinions
- One year of conference experience is required to be a Lobbyist.
- Review the Lobbyist overview to learn more about this role.
Freshmen Forum exposes freshmen Youth and Government delegates to three important components of NC Youth Legislature
- Legislature (Bill Authors)
- Budget Analysts
- Freshmen Forum delegates will be divided into groups of 4-5 and then will select one from the roles above.
Representatives and Senators may apply to be appointed as a Floor Leader or Committee Chair. Applicants for these positions must have at least one year of Youth and Government Conference experience at the time of appointment.
Floor Leaders helps to move debate along in committee rooms and chambers by making a motion. This position must know the parliamentary procedure and Roberts rules of order.
Committee Chairs lead the committee rooms and work with officers to ensure quality and consistency. This position must know the parliamentary procedure and Roberts rules of order. Committee chairs require one year of conference experience at the time of appointment.
Governors Cabinet - Delegates must be seniors in high school to apply for this legislative support position. This role helps to decide on the
Clerk - This role will support Presiding Officers in chambers by reading the bill title and keeping time. Applicants must have a strong understanding of the parliamentary procedure, Roberts Rules of Order and the Joint Standing Rules.
This role supports the Governor in reviewing bills to be signed into law. This role also will provide policy expertise prior to Conference to support all delegates.