Rep. Ackerman calls together Youth Advisory Board made up of Cumberland, Lincoln students
STATE HOUSE — Rep. Mia Ackerman (D-Dist. 45, Cumberland Lincoln) continued her 5-year-old tradition of calling together a Youth Advisory Board made up of juniors and seniors from Cumberland and Lincoln high schools.
Representative Ackerman created the board 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 meets monthly in a group discussion format to discuss legislation and give the students an opportunity to voice their opinions on bills that are under consideration,” explained Representative Ackerman. “It also gives them a chance to let me know what bills they think I should introduce that could have a positive impact on their lives. 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 a refreshing perspective.”
Preparing youth for the business and political world has long been an issue of importance to Representative Ackerman, who served as a mentor to the Cumberland Youth Committee for six years prior to her election to the House of Representatives.
Since taking office, Representative Ackerman has introduced at least one youth-related bill each session, including legislation creating child safe zones, another creating a campus sexual assault commission, and a law that allows students to train during school hours in approved manufacturing career and technical programs.
“It’s important to me to encourage civic-mindedness in our young people and help them feel they can make a difference, not just legislatively, but in all aspects of their lives,” said Representative Ackerman.
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Providence, RI 02903