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 2016   Dates   Financial Aid Due   Registration Due
Middle School 1 Nov. 6-8 Thurs., Sept. 29 Thurs., Oct. 13
Middle School 2 Dec. 1-3 Thurs., Oct. 20 Thurs., Nov. 3
Middle School 3 Dec. 11-13 Thurs., Oct. 27 Thurs., Nov. 10
Middle School 4 Dec. 15-17 Thurs., Nov. 3 Thurs., Nov. 17
High School 1 Nov. 17-19 Thurs., Oct. 6 Thurs., Oct. 20
High School 2 Nov. 20-22 Thurs., Oct. 13 Thurs., Oct. 27
High School 3 Dec. 4-6 Thurs., Oct. 20 Thurs., Nov. 3

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:

Commonwealth House & Senate | HS & MS | See Eligibility Chart

The second level of our House and Senate – Commonwealth delegates research, write, and debate bills on state policy issues. The number of Commonwealth Bills delegations can sponsor depends on how many Commonwealth delegates they have attending KYA.

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

Bluegrass House & Senate | HS & MSSee Eligibility Chart

The first level of our House and Senate – Bluegrass delegates research, write, and debate bills on state policy issues. The number of Bluegrass Bills delegations can sponsor depends on how many Bluegrass delegates they have attending KYA.

Presiding Officers* Supporting Officers* Delegate Roles
Speaker of BG House Clerk of BG House Representatives & Senators
Pres. of BG Senate Clerk of BG Senate Bill Sponsors (1-4 per bill)

Media Corps | HS Only | 10-12th graders, 1 per delegation

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 Only | 10-12th graders, 1 team of 1-3 students per delegation

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 Commonwealth program

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

Exec. Cabinet & Lobbyists | HS Only | 1 Lobbyist per Commonwealth Bill

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

Presiding Officers Supporting Officers Delegate Roles
Governor Gov. Chief of Staff Lobbyists
Lt. Governor Lt. Gov. Chief of Staff
Sec. of Exec. Cabinet Cabinet Secretaries (5)
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.