Students Inside Albany

Students Inside Albany

LWVNYS Students Inside Albany

Students Inside Albany Conference Cancelled

         New York State Politics PowerPoint for SIA 2020

We are incredibly sad to report that we will be cancelling the 2020 Students Inside Albany Conference. We aren’t sure when schools will be open again, and even if they are, we fear that the teachers and students will be so stressed trying to get everything done for the year. We have decided it is better to just cancel now rather than wait until later.

We thank the students for your interest in the League’s program and encourage you to keep in touch with your local League. They would love help later this year in registering voters, working at candidate events, etc.  If you are not a current senior, also please let the local League know if you’d be interested in attending the program next year.  Your local League contact should be reaching out to you, but if not, reach out to her or him.

We will be scheduling a zoom/webinar type meeting next Thursday, March 25 at 2:00 pm for those who are interested in learning more about your state government, how to follow legislation and influence public policy – the goals of the SIA Conference. The League staff will present this info and provide numerous resources. If you are interested in participating in this online webinar, complete the form and sign up here.

Hope you are all staying safe and well and we hope that the schools will be able to open soon and you can finish the school year.


Once again, our League is seeking nominations of local high school students to attend the 20th annual Students Inside Albany Government Educational Conference, which is scheduled to be held May 17-20, 2020 in Albany.  

Of the students nominated, our League will award at least one student the opportunity to attend this spring’s Students Inside Albany (SIA) Conference.  

The SIA conference, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation, Inc., is designed to increase students’ awareness of their responsibility in representative government and provide the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility.  This interactive conference will bring together high school students from across the state to learn about New York State government and the process by which citizens can participate in the policy making arena.  As part of this program, students will also tour the Capitol and observe both the Senate and Assembly in action by spending an afternoon shadowing their legislator.

Students are sponsored by one of the 50 local League of Women Voters throughout New York State; all their expenses are covered, including travel and three nights at the Hampton Inn in Albany.  The participants will receive a student membership in the League of Women Voters Utica-Rome Metropolitan Area, which includes an e-mail newsletter and invitations to meetings on government related topics. 

Completed applications should be emailed to leagueuticarome [at] or mailed to:        LWV,  PO Box 24, Washington Mills NY 13479, no later than January 31, 2020.  

Each application should include a letter of recommendation by a school official, community leader or member of the clergy AND an essay written by the student explaining his or her interest in government and how they would benefit from participation in this program, accompanied by an application form. The winner will be notified by March 1, 2020; the program itself will run from May 17-20, 2020. 

SIA Summary

SIA Brochure

The following 2 documents are samples...  They should be completed and mailed or emailed to LWV Utica-Rome Metro Area as listed above.

Sample Application

Sample Nomination Form