May 2, 2008
Cincinnati, OH -- Congressman Steve Chabot (R-Westwood) hosted local high school students for the annual Congressional Youth Delegation. The program, which is essentially a mock Congress, gives local students the opportunity to explore and debate national issues.
"The Congressional Youth Delegation helps young people develop a better understanding of how Congress operates, how issues are debated and how policy decisions are made," said Congressman Chabot.
Students heard from experts about the issue of trade and how it impacts the U.S. economy. After listening to the speakers and asking questions, the students were divided into two groups to research the different viewpoints, form arguments and create a presentation for the side they represented.
Following the student presentations and vote, Andrea Tortora, the Managing Editor of the Cincinnati Business Courier, spoke to the Congressional Youth Delegation about how the media reports on important issues. Students also toured Congressman Chabot's district office.
The Congressional Youth Delegation was formed by Congressman Chabot and a group of local educators as a forum for students to learn about and discuss current events and legislative issues. This unique program is an attempt to expand the learning process beyond the limitations of the classroom through in-depth discussion and active participation in the political process.
All high schools in the First Congressional District are given the chance to be involved in the Congressional Youth Delegation by nominating students from government or history classes. The students take part in two sessions where they hear from Congressman Chabot, local experts and a member of the media, in addition to giving a presentation on a current issue.