Kentucky Youth Assembly

KYA Overview

The Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA) is a 3-day experiential learning program in which students serve as part of a model state government. KYA offers students the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of issues, develop critical thinking skills, and articulate their beliefs while engaging constructively with their peers from around the Commonwealth.

KYA 2015   Dates   Financial Aid Due   Registration Due
Middle School 1 Nov. 8-10 Friday, Oct. 2 Friday, Oct. 16
Middle School 2 Nov. 12-14 Friday, Oct. 2 Friday, Oct. 16
High School 1 Nov. 19-21 Friday, Oct. 9 Friday, Oct. 23
High School 2 Nov. 22-24 Friday, Oct. 16 Friday, Oct. 30
High School 3 Dec. 3-5 Friday, Oct. 23 Friday, Nov. 6
Middle School 3 Dec. 6-8 Friday, Oct. 23 Friday, Nov. 6
Middle School 4 Dec. 13-15 Friday, Oct. 30 Friday, Nov. 13

All sessions will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, KY.

 

Program Areas

At KYA, students participate in one of the Program Areas at the Assembly based on their grade and experience. Each area is led by Presiding and Supporting Officers, with a variety of Delegate Roles available to participants:

Legislative | HS & MS | Experienced 10-12th graders, 7-8th graders

Experienced delegates research, write, and debate bills on state issues as Senators and Representatives. Schools with 1-15 Legislative delegates can sponsor 1 Legislative Bill, and additional bills for every additional 15 Legislative delegates (limit 5 Legislative Bills total.)

Presiding Officers Supporting Officers Delegate Roles
Governor Chief of Staff Representatives & Senators
Speaker of the House House Clerk & Senate Clerk Bill Sponsors (1-4 per bill)
President of the Senate Committee Chairs / Pro Tem. Parliamentarians (1-2 per sch.)

Premiere | HS & MSFirst year 9-10th graders, 6-7th graders

First year delegates research, write, and debate bills on state issues as Senators and Representatives. Schools with 1-15 Premiere delegates can sponsor 1 Premiere Bill, and additional bills for every additional 15 Premiere delegates (limit 5 Premiere Bills total.)

Presiding Officers* Supporting Officers Delegate Roles
Lt. Governor Representatives & Senators
Premiere Speaker Bill Sponsors (1-4 per bill)
Premiere Sen. Pres.

Media Corps | HS & MS10-12th graders (2 per HS), 7-8th graders (1 per MS)

Media delegates craft compelling news stories on important Assembly topics. Media Corps members publish their stories on our app, web blog, and video platforms.

Presiding Officers* Supporting Officers* Delegate Roles
Editor-in-Chief Assistant Editor(s) Media Delegates

Judicial | HS | 10-12th graders, 1 team of 1-3 students per school

Judicial delegates serve as advocates presenting oral arguments before the KYA Supreme Court made up of student Justices, and also advise the Attorney General on the constitutionality of bills passed by the Legislative program

Presiding Officers Supporting Officers Delegate Roles
Chief Justice Justices (6) Advocates (1 team per sch.)
Attorney General

Lobbyists | HS10-12th graders, 1 for every 15 students per school

Lobbyist delegates represent clients by using advocacy and networking to influence debate in the Legislative program and persuade Cabinet Secretaries to support their positions.

Presiding Officers Supporting Officers Delegate Roles
Sec. of the Cabinet Cabinet Secretaries (5) Lobbyists
Secretary of State

 

Leadership

Presiding Officers are elected from Candidates or chosen by their Program Area to lead KYA. They are assisted by Supporting Officers, who are appointed or selected by application to fulfill set duties for each area.

Students interested in running for a Presiding Officer position can use the Candidates page to declare their candidacy and review the Campaigns and Elections guidelines in preparation for their campaigns.