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LegiSchool Project

The LegiSchool Project is a civic education collaboration between California State University, Sacramento, and the California State Legislature, administered by the Center for California Studies. The Project’s mission is to engage California’s high school students in matters of public policy and state government by creating opportunities for students and state leaders to meet and share ideas on issues affecting Californians. In doing so, we hope to motivate young people to take an interest in the public life around them and to encourage their active participation in our political process.

Learn more about LegiSchool by reading the LegiSchool blog!

New for the 2020 – 2021 school year, LegiSchool will begin to offer online programming. Our student-led Virtual Town Hall Meetings, Virtual Legislative Summit, sponsored contests and curriculum materials are all ways that students can learn to take initiative, be involved and connect to state government and public service. LegiSchool's curriculum materials in particular, are designed to provide a broad, easy-to-understand background on the complex issues faced by the state. The materials help students develop the basic knowledge needed to form educated, thoughtful opinions on the issues at hand.

Want to know more about this year's plan? Check out the 2020/21 Legischool Newsletter!

Want to get on our mailing lists about Town Halls, Contests, and Internship opportunities? Fill out our online form.

Student speaking at a Town Hall Meeting.

Virtual Town Hall Meetings

Teachers and students will be able to access our Virtual Town Hall Meetings and participate in our online Q&A panel discussions via Zoom Webinars. Our Virtual Town Hall Meetings will give students the chance to discuss important policy issues and will feature LegiSchool Civics Institute Alumni as our panel moderators. Registration for all Town Hall Meetings will open 1 month prior to event time.

The dates and topics for the 2020-2021 Virtual Town Hall Meetings are as follows:

  • October 14, 2020: Racial Disparities in California * Register Now!
  • December 9, 2020: California's Response to COVID-19
  • February 17, 2021: Cyber Security in the Digital Age
  • April 21, 2021: California Financial Aid Reform

If you are an educator interested in registering your class to our Virtual Town Hall Meetings, please contact legischool@csus.edu for more information. Supplemental curriculum guides are offered for each Virtual Town Hall Meeting.

Photo contest winner - Half Dome

Contests

LegiSchool facilitates three contests each year that are available to California high school students. See below for date and topic information for each contest. If you have any questions, please email legischool@csus.edu.

LegiSchool facilitates three contests each year that are available to California high school students. See below for date and topic information for each contest. If you have any questions, please email legischool@csus.edu.

Essay Contest

The year 2020 brought a lot of uncertainty, change and gave us new perspectives on how we live our daily lives. What are your thoughts on how California responded to the pandemic? Did 2020 change your views in our current state policies? What policies do you think are the most beneficial and why? What was the hardest change you had to face and what was the most feasible?

All current 11th and 12th graders are invited to cook up an idea and submit their essay response to our annual LegiSchool Essay Contest! Selected winners will be chosen to participate in the Virtual Legislative Sum­mit, where they will be able to share their thoughts and ideas with policymakers. Complete details will be available in September.

DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 20, 2020

LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT: JANUARY 27, 2021

Editorial Cartoon Contest

Cartoonists use symbols, metaphors, caricatures and more to explore complex subjects in interesting ways. In this contest, we invite students to express their thoughts by creating an original editorial cartoon. Cash prizes are awarded to winners and runners up. Open to all current high school students in California. Complete details will be available in Spring 2021.

DEADLINE: March 19, 2021

California Through My Eyes Photo Contest

How do you envision California? What represents California to you? Poverty? Wealth? Technology? Farms? Water? Mountains? Towns? People? Cities? Cars? Hiking Trails? Family? Community? Landscapes?

These are just some of the images that students are invited to photograph for LegiSchool’s annual photo contest. The photo can be of a person, place or anything―big or small. The first place winner receives $100 and four runners-up receive $50 each. Open to all current high school students in California. Complete details will be available in Spring 2021.

DEADLINE: MAY 31, 2021

2020 LegiSchool Civics Virtual Institute

2021 LegiSchool Civics Virtual Institute

The LegiSchool Civics Virtual Institute gives a select number of California high school students the unique opportunity to participate in an intensive 4-week online summer program that explores important policy issues in California and provides students the tools to develop leadership and professional skills. A stipend will be provided to the student at the completion of the summer program.

Students will learn about each of the three branches of government with an emphasis on public service and the political process. Activities include: online discussions to learn more about state agencies and the judicial branch, research projects focused on important California policy issues, and speaker sessions and professional workshops led by the branch experts themselves.

The LegiSchool Civics Virtual Institute is an online summer internship program and is not a Sacramento State college course

Who can apply?

Applicants must be enrolled as a junior or senior at any California high school for the 2020-21 school year.

Participation Requirements

Participants must have reliable internet access and have access to a computer and webcam for online webinars and presentations and be willing to commit to the entirety of the program, June 14, 2021 - July 9, 2021.

Interviews

Invitations to interview will be extended to a limited number of applicants. Interviews will take place via Zoom in June 2021.

APPLICATION

Application Deadline: May 31, 2021

Application will be made available in February 2021.