Be part of the political process at summer camp

COAST CITIES — Area high school students are invited to make their summer one to remember by being part of the fourth annual Young Democrats of America (YDA) High School Leadership Academy (HSLA) July 7 through July10 in Washington, D.C.This four-day summer camp will focus on developing the next generation of Democratic Party leaders. Students will participate in leadership workshops and policy panels and will be introduced to the nation’s top Democratic elected officials and party leaders. YDA will provide an inside view of elections, the media, campaign finance, grassroots organizing, interest groups, the legislative process and careers in politics.

The HSLA will feature an interactive experience for 48 students from graduating classes 2013 to 2016 with diverse leadership experience. Interested individuals should apply online no later than May 1. Final enrollment decisions will be announced by May 15.

There is a $575 registration fee, which covers hotel, meals, educational materials, a guided monument tour and ground transportation within Washington, D.C. This non-refundable registration fee will be due on June 7 for those students who are accepted into the program. Airfare or other travel arrangements must be purchased by each participant.

The historic Phoenix Park Hotel on Capitol Hill will serve as the home base for the four-day training. However, most sessions will occur “on location” throughout the city for the most authentic Washington experience possible.

A detailed schedule of HSLA training sessions and speakers will be released over the coming weeks; however, you can view last year’s agenda for a snapshot of the types of activities that will take place. For additional questions, e-mail




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