With the current social and political climate, both here in Oklahoma and across the country, it is no surprise to hear that
students are finding and using their voices. This year’s annual Youth and Government State Conference was the perfect
opportunity for nearly 300 students from across Oklahoma to come together and debate real issues affecting Oklahomans
and proposed litigation.
In preparation for the annual state conference, students met in their local Youth and Government clubs where they learned
how to research public policy issues, write legislation and polish their public speaking skills. At the conference students put
their hard work into action as they debate bills, participate in mock trial court and produce a daily newspaper.
Participants win awards based on their presentation and overall knowledge of the area they are focusing on – legislative,
judicial, media or lobbyist.
Sumners Senate – Best Bill Presentation
Legislative – Committee Team
“Youth and Government gives students a voice and teaches them how to stand up for what they believe in,” states Whitney
Chandler, state director of Youth and Government and Director of Teen Leadership. “High school students from across the
state come together to learn about how our government works and apply what they learn in school to make change within