First published in the Oct. 22 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.
Assemblyman Chris Holden recently announced that he is accepting applications for the 2022 Young Legislators Program.
Now in its seventh year, the Young Legislators Program offers high school seniors in the 41st Assembly District a front row seat to the public policy and political arena. Holden’s district includes South Pasadena.
“I have no doubt this program will again have a lasting impact on the students, and I look forward to meeting next year’s Young Legislators,” Holden said in a statement.
During the four-month program, students will meet once a month virtually to “become better advocates on issues they care about, gain valuable leadership skills and learn about the legislative process,” according to Holden’s office. The 2022 Young Legislators Program is open to high school seniors living in the 41st Assembly District.
“What I loved most about the Young Legislators Program was how interactive it was despite it being online, and I appreciated how all the speakers made politics relevant to our local community,” said Nicole Lu, who participated in the 2021 Young Legislators Program. “I would definitely encourage others who have a passion to learn more about their community to apply for this amazing program.”
“The entire program was phenomenal. It strengthened my passion for politics and has made me become more engaged to further follow what I believe in,” said Osvaldo Valdiviezo, who participated in the 2018 Young Legislators Program. “Also, the friendships and memories I made are something I treasure and am grateful for.”
Applicants must commit to four two-hour Saturday meetings each month starting in February and submit applications by Dec. 3. Program details and application are available online at a41.asmdc.org/2022-young-legislators-program.