Jackson Announces Opportunities for Youth

January 16, 2015

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) encourages youth to take advantage of two educational opportunities organized by the State of California  -- the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) and California Senate Fellows. These two programs target high school students and college graduates, and application deadlines are around the corner.

For 29 years, the CSSSA has sought the most talented high school-aged visual, literary, media and performing artists in California. The teenagers who are selected are designated California Arts Scholars and attend one of the country’s premier summer arts programs on the campus of the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, this year from July 11-August 7. Applications to CSSA are due by February 28. To learn more about CSSSA or to apply online, visit www.csssa.ca.gov, or call (916) 229-5160.

The 2015-2016 California Senate Fellows program, jointly sponsored by the state Senate and the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento, enables 18 college graduates to become Senate staff members for 11 months beginning in October. After a five-week orientation, Fellows are assigned as staff of a Senator and serve as members of the professional team of legislative aides and committee consultants. Applications to the CA Senate Fellows are due by February 9. To learn more about CA Senate Fellows or to apply online, visit www.csus.edu/calst/senate, or call program director David Pacheco at (916) 278-5408.

“I would love to see our youth up in Sacramento representing Senate District 19 as Fellows,” Jackson said. “There are so many talented youth in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties who could gain from direct political experience and significantly contribute to public policy. These young voices are our future.”