Local students to attend Youth Legislative Assembly


Ashley King


From Contributed Reports

Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Legislative Services Commission of the N.C. General Assembly is hosting the 48th annual Youth Legislative Assembly on April 6-8 in the Legislative Office Building in downtown Raleigh.

N.C. Sen. Angela Bryant, D-Nash, is sponsoring a scholarship for Ashley King, who is a senior at Northern Nash High School to participate in this year’s Youth Legislative Assembly. She is the daughter of Lindsey Jr. and Ashley S. King.

N.C. Rep. Shelley Willingham, D-Edgecombe, is sponsoring a scholarship for Tyler Morris, who is a senior at Rocky Mount High School.

Approximately 200 North Carolina high school students are expected to attend. The students draft bills, elect leaders, engage in debate and vote on mock legislation.

“The YLA is an opportunity for students to learn how the legislative process works in an actual legislative environment,” Bryant said. “My office is proud to sponsor a scholarship for Ashley King to attend the 2018 Youth Legislative Assembly. I am honored to partner with the Youth Legislative Assembly to develop youth leadership skills. The experience should be very instructive and rewarding for these students.”

Mirroring the real N.C. General Assembly, students will assemble to elect a leadership team, choose bill topics, draft bills to be debated and be voted up or down. Past topics include random drug testing of high school athletes, offshore drilling and increasing the minimum drop-out age for high school students.

“I am pleased to have Senator Bryant sponsor a student for YLA this year,” said Erica Gallion, coordinator of the Youth Legislative Assembly program. “Legislative support is vital to the Youth Legislative Assembly Program. For Ashley King, Senator Bryant’s support may be life changing.”

For more information about the YLA Program, contact Erica S. Gallion Erica.Gallion@ncleg.net or 919-301-1372.