Northwest NEWS

December 9, 2002


Youth forum to discuss political, social issues
Students interested in speaking out on political and social issues that affect them most are invited to attend a local youth forum Dec. 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Northshore School District’s W.A. Anderson Building, Bothell, 18603 Bothell Way N.E. Adults are also welcome, but the point of the meeting is to hear primarily from students.
Hosted by state Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell, the meeting is designed to get students talking about state government and policies that impact their lives.
“Good public policy is crafted with imput from the community,” McAuliffe said. “The Legislature considers a significant number of new laws every year that could have a direct impact on young people, and it’s important for their voices to be part of the debate.”
The senator hopes to receive feedback on several topics, including students’ concerns about school and personal safety, state testing (the WASL), and junk-food sales in schools. She also will encourage participants to point out other issues they think the Legislature should consider when it convenes Jan. 13.
The forum also offers students an opportunity to apply for McAuliffe’s 1st Legislative District Youth Council. Members of the teen group work with the senator during the legislative session and learn how to draft bills with their peers. They also have the opportunity to lobby the Legislature on issues important to them.
“The Youth Council is a hands-on learning program for junior high and high school students who want to be actively engaged in the legislative process,” McAulliffe said. “I encourage anyone interested to apply, even if they can’t attend the forum.”
Applications for the Youth Council will be distributed at the meeting and are also available by calling (360) 786-7600 or (425) 481-7459.