League of Women Voters sponsors ‘Student in Albany’
The purpose of the League of Women Voters Education Foundation program “Students in Albany” is to increase students’ awareness of their responsibility in representative government and provide the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility, The goal is to improve student understanding of the framework through which public policy is determined in New York State and to promote an increased understanding of New York State’s legislative process through legislative shadowing experiences. Perhaps most importantly, the students learn the value of their votes. The following is a personal account of Alex Majka of Dunkirk who was chosen for this program.
“My name is Alex Majka and this past May I was asked to attend the Students Inside Albany Conference presented by the League of Women Voters. It was an extremely enjoyable experience that I would recommend anyone to partake in if they were lucky enough. My love of history was only more broadened by seeing all the wonderful history in Albany and the capitol. I had never been there before, so it was a new and exciting experience.
“The Students Inside Albany Conference was an incredible experience for me from the very beginning. I am the first student to ever go from Dunkirk and am very proud of that fact. I hope that I am the first of many and that future students enjoy the trip as much as I did. The Capitol building in Albany has an amazing history with all the carvings and the detail that’s gone into it over the many years. Another aspect of the trip that I really enjoyed was the meeting of our local state assemblyman and senator. Assemblyman Andy Goodell and Senator Catharine Young were both very nice people and really took the time to talk to me about the political process and what was going on during session. That was another part I really enjoyed, was being able to sit in on the sessions and listen and see bills being proposed and the arguments that would happen between the senators were also interesting to see. Perhaps one of the best parts of the trip was the wonderful activities the League had prepared for us and the fantastic food and hotel accommodations we were able to enjoy. My only regret from the trip was that it wasn’t longer.
“I’d like to thank the League of Women Voters for funding this trip and giving me the opportunity. I hope that the League will continue doing this in the future and that more kids from Dunkirk are given the opportunity to go.”