ST. PAUL – The application deadline is Dec. 2 for high school juniors interested in gaining hands-on experience with Minnesota’s state government by serving as a page at the Capitol in St. Paul during the 2017 legislative session.
The House of Representatives page program has been in place since 1975 and is one of only a select few programs in the nation to provide young people with such an in-depth look into state government. High school pages attend meetings with legislators, assist members during the session, participate in mock committee sessions and more. There are 10 four-day page sessions available in 2017, from early February until late April.
“This is a chance for students to see the civics lessons they learned in class come to life,” said Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Acton Township. “Students from our area have participated in this program in the past and I encourage more to take advantage of this opportunity in 2017. Pages really get an unparalleled look at how our Legislature functions at the Capitol and come away with an increased understanding of our state government.”
Program participants are selected in the fall of each year based on a formal process which includes an application, faculty recommendation and an essay. Stipends are available to defray expenses. More information is available by logging on to www.house.mn and clicking the “High School Page Program” link near the bottom of the site, or by calling (651) 296-7452. Local schools also can provide further guidance.