Approximately 100 students from across Western North Carolina gathered at Western Carolina University on Saturday, March 27, for the 10th annual American Youth Congress.
Sponsored by WCU’s Public Policy Institute, the civic education event is designed to provide WNC middle and high school students with an opportunity to experience the process of making policy.
Before the event, participating students worked with colleagues in their schools to write an original piece of legislation addressing a real-world need at the local, state or national level. The students then came together at the American Youth Congress to debate the legislation in committee, lobby for their proposed piece of legislation, debate it on the floor and vote on their legislation.
Students taking part in the 10th annual event came from Erwin Middle and Evergreen Charter (Buncombe County), Freedom High (Burke County), Tri-County Early College (Cherokee County), Robbinsville Middle (Graham County), Hendersonville Middle and Cane Creek Middle (Henderson County), LBJ Job Corps (Macon County) and Brevard High (Transylvania County).
Among the legislative topics tackled by the students were education reform, transparency in state government, green rehabilitation and small business tax cuts.
For more information about the American Youth Congress, visit the PPI Web site at ppi.wcu.edu.