YOUNG SENATOR SESSIONS

    Transportation and Trade (Jan. 26): Port of Long Beach and Los Angeles International Airport

    Education (Feb. 23): University of Southern California and Los Angeles Trade Technical College

    Law and Society (March 23): Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Training Academy and a federal court

    Health Care (April 13): Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and a community health clinic

    Government and the Legislative Process (May 16): State Capitol

    Information Technology and Social Media (May 17): Silicon Valley, Facebook and Google headquarters

    Arts, Media and Entertainment (June 15): Warner Bros. Studio

    For questions about the program, contact Iván Carrillo at 562-495-4766 or ivan.carrillo@sen.ca.gov.

    Completed applications can be mailed to:

    State Sen. Ricardo Lara
    c/o Iván Carrillo, Field Representative
    115 Pine Ave., Suite 430
    Long Beach, CA 90802.

LONG BEACH - State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, is offering select area high school students the opportunity next year to meet with leaders in government and industry.

The Young Senator program, which will include seven one-day sessions between January and June, is open to high school sophomores and juniors in Lara's 33rd Senate District.

Lara said he created the program to give students a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity to learn about industries and career paths critical to the future of the state.

Applicants to the Young Senator program must be residents of the 33rd Senate District who have demonstrated leadership at their schools or in the community.

"We're not just looking for straight `A' students, either," said Lara. "Leadership is demonstrated in many forms. We want to look at the student's holistic, comprehensive record of their achievements."

The application deadline is Jan. 16.

The process to apply includes an application form, one letter of recommendation, a copy of transcripts and a personal statement. Twenty-five students will be selected, and the program begins Jan. 26.

An application and more information is available at http://sd33.senate.ca.gov.

The 33rd District takes in most of Long Beach and Signal Hill, parts of Lakewood and Paramount, and communities south of downtown Los Angeles such as South Gate, Bell, Vernon, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Florence-Firestone, Walnut Park, Lynwood, Maywood and Bell Gardens.

According to Lara's office, the Young Senator program is being privately funded by the nonprofit Southeast Community Development Corp.

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