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Posted:
October 23, 2000

Teens, Leaders to Talk
Tech Solutions for Low Voter Turnout

High school students from around the state will meet with state and community leaders from 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26 to discuss why so few young people vote and to explore high-tech solutions to the problem.

The meeting will be at the State Capitol room 4202 and aired live on the California Channel. It is sponsored by the LegiSchool Project, an award-winning civic education program of California State University, Sacramento and the State Legislature.

Panelists will include students from Hiram Johnson High School in Sacramento, and Wilson and Roosevelt high schools in Los Angeles. Other panelists include Senator Patrick Johnston (D-Stockton), Saskia Mills with the California Voter Foundation and Yumi Matsui with Youth Vote 2000.

Audience participants will represent St. Francis High School in Sacramento, Edison High School in Fresno and Hiram Johnson High School, while students from Jefferson High in Los Angeles will participate live via the Internet. Students in the audience will be able to ask questions, and thousands of other students from around the state will view the meeting on the California Channel or on videotape at a later time. Paula Gardner, a professor in the CSUS College of Education, will moderate the meeting.

LegiSchool works to engage young people in matters of public policy and state government.

More information is available by contacting LegiSchool Project Director Kolleen Ostgaard at (916) 278-6906 or visiting the LegiSchool website at www.csus.edu/calst/legischool.htm.

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