April 17, 2007
Student-run press conference
to convene at Capitol


High school students from across California—nine in all—will gather at 11 a.m. at the State Capitol, room 1190, Thursday, April 19, to conduct a press conference regarding childhood obesity, teen nutrition and related legislation. 
           
The press conference is part of a day-long Student Legislative Summit sponsored by the LegiSchool Project, a civic education collaboration between Sacramento State and the State Legislature, administered by the University’s Center for California Studies. This experiential learning opportunity is designed to familiarize students with the legislative process and offer a forum for young people to share their thoughts and concerns on public policies that may impact their own lives. 
           
Students will question Assembly members Bonnie Garcia and Jared Huffman, along with Phyllis Bramson-Paul, director of the Nutrition Services Division at the California Department of Education. Paula Gardner of Sacramento State’s College of Education will moderate, and more than 100 classes will view the meeting on the California Channel or on videotape.
           
Students were selected from LegiSchool’s statewide essay contest, “Teens & Junk Food: Should Schools Have Limits?” in which students were asked to analyze recent legislation regarding teen nutrition and restrictions on food and beverages in schools. 

More information is available by contacting the Center for California Studies at (916) 278-6906. Media assistance is available by contacting the Sacramento State Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.