Louisiana Youth Seminar (“LYS”) delegates will participate in an interactive legislative budgeting exercise in an effort to take on our nation’s debt crisis on Wednesday, July 24, at 11:30 a.m. Presented by Phil Smith of the Concord Coalition and sponsored by Fix the Debt Louisiana, this nonpartisan “Debt Busters” exercise allows high school students to understand our nation’s debt and make decisions as if they were a member of Congress.
WHO: Over 300 LYS student leaders, high school sophomores, juniors and seniors
WHERE: LSU Student Union – Ballroom
WHEN: Wednesday, July 24 – 11:30 a.m.
BY: Presented by The Concord Coalition sponsored by Fix the Debt Louisiana
“Opportunities to present to groups like LYS allow participants to learn the basics of budget reform as they encounter the same tough choices that make solving the deficit so difficult,” said Phil Smith, facilitator and National Political Director of the Concord Coalition.
Fix the Debt’s Louisiana State Chapter is sponsoring the program for the over 300 high school leaders. “Decisions made by our Congress today concerning the national debt will effect the millennial generation disproportionately, Christian Villere, a Louisiana leader of Fix the Debt's millennial partner organization, The Can Kicks Back. “This exercise allows teens to understand our national debt while empowering them to get involved.”
The “Debt Busters” exercise is just one of the leadership training skills that will be taught during the five-day program held on LSU’s campus. Sonja Pruitt-Lord, LYS Executive Director, “We attempt to touch on a diverse set of leadership skills throughout the week. This exercise will be one of the ways in which we prepare the young leaders of the future.”
The Louisiana Youth Seminar was established in 1971 as a summer leadership camp for high school students. Every year the Seminar is held at LSU for one week in July. This year’s Seminar will take place July 21-26 and features a record number of delegates. During the week, students participate in many activities which focus on leadership skills, such as effective communication skills, setting and achieving goals, team building, understanding and accepting others, developing self confidence, conducting effective meetings, and enhancing problem solving skills. LYS delegates also learn about writing and delivering speeches, running for political office, and leading parliamentary procedure.