Since its first class of “Legislators”, BYLP’s Legislative Open House (LOH) has always been a highly

anticipated event, partly due to the valuable experiential learning that occurs paired with the Capitol access

that’s provided to only some of the most special of outside visitors. Some students attending the Legislative

Open House will be stepping foot into the Capitol Building for the first time ever. By functioning to extend

knowledge of policy issues and policy-making through a combination of experiential and academic education,

participants will gain firsthand experience in many aspects of the Legislative process including: Policy

Development & Implementation, Public Speaking and Executive-Legislative Relations.

The LOH is open to high school students grades (9-12) throughout California. Our participants have the unique

opportunity to not only visit the state Capitol but also learn firsthand about the legislative process through

mock committee hearings in actual committee rooms in the Capitol and a mock session on the floor of the State

Senate (seniors) or the State Assembly (freshmen, sophomores and juniors). Supported by Capitol Community

volunteers and legislative staff, participants are coached through each phase of the Legislative process and

given an opportunity to meet and greet elected officials as they stop by during the day to observe.

Additionally students are presented with valuable information regarding college, financial aid and

professional careers. More details coming soon.


Potential candidates for participation will first need to complete the application process in order to be

considered for the program.

Please note that BYLP has a rolling admissions policy – applications are reviewed as they are received. This

means that it is important to apply early within the few months before the program, as students who wait too

late may find themselves placed on the wait list prior to the stated submission deadline.

PLEASE NOTE: applications are considered complete only if all sections are answered.

Click Here for Legislative Open House Application