Contact Your Representatives
One of the best opportunities to get your voice heard as a high school student is to contact your representatives in state and federal government. In order to learn who represents you in Raleigh and Washington, D.C., enter your address using the tool linked below. Best of luck!
HSDA Internship Exchange
The High School Democrats of America has a program designed to connect high school students with active political campaigns in their area. The program provides students with information about local, statewide, and national campaigns that will give them valuable work experience and engage them in the political process. If you are interested in getting involved on a campaign in your area, please fill out the form linked below. We look forward to working with you!
The Progressive Teen
If you have an interest in journalism and argumentative writing, you can sign up to become a contributor to the Progressive Teen today! As an official project of the High School Democrats of America, the Progressive Teen is completely run by high school students and posts numerous articles and editorials on a daily basis. Sign up to make your voice heard!
North Carolina House of Representatives Page Program
Taken from the website of the North Carolina House of Representatives Page Program:
"This program offers young men and women the opportunity to learn about, and participate in, the legislative process of our state. It is a four day long experience that allows high school students between the ages of 15 and 18 (or 14 if already in the 9th grade) to observe firsthand how our laws are made. It provides them the unique privilege of working in the House Chamber in the midst of legislative action.
House Pages are important to the operation of the General Assembly as they assist the Members and staff of the House during the legislative session. They participate in daily sessions, committee meetings, and perform other duties including, but not limited to, delivering messages and materials within the legislative complex, answering phones in Representatives’ offices, and passing out documents or running errands in the House Chamber during daily sessions. "
North Carolina Senate Page Program
Taken from the website of the North Carolina Senate Page Program:
"This program offers young men and women the opportunity to learn about and participate in the legislative process of our state. It is a week-long experience that allows high school students between the ages of 15 (or 14 if already in the 9th grade) and 18, to observe firsthand how our laws are made. It provides them the unique privilege of working on the Senate Chamber floor in the midst of legislative action.
Senate Pages are important to the operation of the General Assembly as they assist the members and staff of the Senate during the legislative session. They participate in daily sessions, committee meetings, and perform other duties including, but not limited to, delivering messages and materials within the legislative complex, answering phones in senators’ offices, and passing out documents or running errands in the Senate Chamber during daily sessions."
North Carolina Governor's Page Program
Taken from the website of the North Carolina Governor's Page Program:
"Governor Roy Cooper encourages young people in North Carolina to get involved in public and community service, including by applying to serve as a Governor’s Page.
Established in 1973, the Governor’s Page Program gives high school students from all over North Carolina the opportunity to come to Raleigh for a week of hands-on participation in their state government. We want our Governor’s pages to represent North Carolina’s diverse communities and help inspire a new generation of leaders.
During their time as a Page, students will be challenged to learn and develop in four key areas:
- Civics. Pages will learn about state government and how the different branches of government work together to serve the people of North Carolina.
- History. Pages will gain a better understanding of North Carolina’s present and future by learning about its past, through tours of historical sites and museums.
- Service. Pages will learn first-hand how North Carolinians serve their state through public service. We hope this will inspire pages to consider how they can best continue to serve their communities.
- Professional Development. Pages will develop skills needed for higher education and careers, including how to conduct themselves in a professional setting."
North Carolina Youth Legislative Assembly
Taken from the website of the North Carolina Youth Legislative Assembly:
"Youth Legislative Assembly (YLA) is a mock legislative session where high school students voice their opinions and vote on issues concerning local, state and national government. The three-day session is patterned after the NC General Assembly. At the conclusion of YLA, a final report is drafted and distributed to the governor and legislators.
The conference allows high school students an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the workings of local, state, and national government. Active participation in YLA increases the students' confidence and ability to debate current issues. Any high school student in good standing at a public, private, charter, or home school in North Carolina is eligible to participate in YLA."
Do you know of other opportunities for high school students in North Carolina that you think should be mentioned on our website? Feel Free to contact us and we'll make sure to help out.