Our longest running program, Capitol Focus is a three day journey into the world of California politics. Participants get a first-hand look at how government works. Along the way, they:
- Build skills
- Meet influential people
- Make new friends
- Have fun!
From the start, interactive activities get our participants thinking and acting. They learn the language of politics and quickly put it to use by interviewing experts who hold a wide range of views on the current issues. Working individually and in collaboration, our participants think through contrasting perspectives and get to express their support for, or opposition of, real legislation currently under debate by lawmakers.
Our presence in Sacramento and our lasting relationships with the players in state politics allow us to offer a unique experience to youth. We have access to a rich pool of supporters who lend their expertise to our programs. Capitol Focus gives young people a chance to see, up close, how politics and public policy work. We aim to foster life-long enthusiasm for the democratic process and to give youth an opportunity to visualize their own possibilities in this world.
“This program gave me hands-on experience to address issues in my life. I encourage you to attend!” -Capitol Focus participant