Rep. Ackerman welcomes Youth Advisory Board to the House of Representatives
STATE HOUSE —Rep. Mia Ackerman (D-Dist. 45, Cumberland, Lincoln) welcomed the members of her District 45 Youth Advisory Board to the State House Tuesday to be recognized in the House chamber.
Representative Ackerman created the board comprising juniors from Cumberland and Lincoln high schools in 2013 to give students the chance to gain knowledge about the inner workings of state government and contribute input on pending legislation.
“The committee provides an opportunity for the students to discuss how bills in the General Assembly affect them and impact the lives of their peers,” explained Representative Ackerman. “It’s important to encourage civic engagement among our youth, especially since they are the ones who will have to live with the decisions we make today. It’s also interesting to hear everyone’s point of view on some of the hot issues. It has been very refreshing to have their perspective.”
Preparing youth for the business and political world has long been an issue of importance to Representative Ackerman, who introduced legislation (2016-H 7889) earlier this year to abolish fees for the state’s apprenticeship programs.
In 2013, the General Assembly passed a law introduced by Representative Ackerman that allows students to train during school hours in approved manufacturing career and technical programs.
“With a difficult job market, programs like these open up another avenue to the youth of our state and give them opportunities to gain real, hands-on experience in trades and industry,” said Representative Ackerman. “And having a trained and prepared workforce goes a long way in improving the economy.”
For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903