The Goldfarb Center partnered with the Alfond Youth Center to provide three local students an opportunity to experience the inner workings of state government in November.
The three students — one from Lawrence High School and two from Winslow High School — participated in Maine Youth in Government, where they joined participants from across the state to spend a weekend serving as delegates running a mock legislative session in the State House.
Christine Clark ’19, a classics and government double major, served as the delegation’s advisor. When the students were elected by their peers to serve as senators and state representatives, she helped them over the course of several weeks prepare for their roles. She also led them through the process of drafting, formatting, and submitting a bill, which focused on safety regulations for new drivers. One of the students was tasked with defending the bill before their peers, and the team was successful in having it passed into law.
“Serving in this role was an excellent way for me to connect my Introduction to American Politics coursework to my community service interests,” said Clark, a Maine native who grew up in Central Maine and participated in Alfond Youth Center programs. “As their advisor, I could help these students learn important hands-on skills and be a part of their excitement and success, which was truly rewarding.”
The students will present about their experience to the Alfond Youth Center’s board in December, where they plan to encourage opportunities for more students to participate in the program in future years.