Ally Banks, a junior, and Diana Chamara, a senior, both from Lee’s Summit North High School, participated in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Legislative Shadowing Project on Feb. 1. Sponsored by the Missouri Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), the program provides an opportunity for junior and senior high school students to spend a day with their state representative, senator, or other public official at the State Capitol. The students observe hearings, meetings, and other public duties.
The Legislative Shadowing Project, now in its 17th year, is conducted by Missouri FCCLA, the Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for family consumer sciences and human services education. A dinner banquet, sponsored by The Missouri Bar, was held for participants on Jan. 31. Tours of the State Capitol and Supreme Court Building were also provided.
The Legislative Shadowing Project allows students to connect their interests in law, public service, civic issues and the political process with their education. The event is designed to help students develop a better understanding of the political process and its impact on citizens.
FCCLA attempts to match students with officials from their local school districts whenever possible. The students prepare for the event by becoming familiar with their official’s responsibilities and current issues. If matched with a legislator, the student becomes knowledgeable about the bills introduced and committees on which the legislator serves.
FCCLA is a nonprofit student organization for young men and women, sixth through 12th grade, in family consumer sciences education. Missouri FCCLA has more than 9,500 members in nearly 330 local chapters, making it the fifth-largest FCCLA state association in the nation.