03.16.2017

Black Youth Leadership Project with 100 students converging on the State Capitol

Black Youth Leadership Project (BYLP) president Lorreen Pryor announced today that the 18th Annual Legislative Open House will be held on Friday, March 17, 2017. More than 100 students from throughout California will converge on the State Capitol for this annual event that allows them an opportunity to engage with new and seasoned community leaders.
 
During BYLP’s annual Legislative Open House, the students are exposed to the Capitol community and learn how policy is introduced and how laws are made through a series of hands-on mock committee and Floor sessions. Many of these students, who come from various social and economic backgrounds, may not otherwise have an opportunity to see government in action or visit the Capitol.
 
Each year, this event brings influential guests. This year’s roster includes U.S. Congresswoman Diane Watson, Former California Senator Nate Holden, Sr., Michigan State Representative Jewell Jones, Mayor Carlton Jones (Tulare), and Mayor Michael Tubbs (Stockton) who is a BYLP Alum.
 
“We are ecstatic to welcome these dynamic leaders to Sacramento and provide an opportunity for students to interact and glean knowledge,” said Loreen Pryor, president and head organizer of the event. “We want to inspire our students to get involved politically. We need their voices now more than ever,” she added.
 
The event includes BLYP’s private “Next Level Luncheon,” which will be held at The Grand Ballroom, 1215 J Street, Sacramento from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. The luncheon will include a “Leaders of the New School” panel discussion about a variety of topics unfolding in our changing times.
 
Ticket is required to attend the luncheon. Individual tickets and tables can be purchased at http://bylp18lohnextlevel.eventbrite.com. Credentialed media interview availability is scheduled from 12:00-12:30:p.m. during the luncheon and throughout the day at the Capitol.
 
BYLP is a 501(c) 3 non-profit, civic educational organization dedicated to developing the next generation of future professionals and public leaders in California. By seeking to help make the Capitol and its legislative staff of African American descent more accessible to the California community and schools, it functions to extend knowledge of policy issues and policy-making through a combination of experiential and academic education. Participants gain first-hand experience in many aspects of the legislative process, including policy development and implementation, executive-legislative relations and public speaking.
 
Visit www.bylp.org for more information.