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HIGH SCHOOL PAGE PROGRAM

History

Over the last 45 years the High School Page Program has been dedicated to providing students with an opportunity to learn and serve in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Modeled after the United States Senate Page Program, the Minnesota House of Representatives High School Page Program was established in 1975. The program remains wholly dedicated to providing students with a unique, challenging, and enriching educational experience. Its range of activities and breadth of instruction puts the program in the top tier of such programs in the nation.

The Program

Throughout the course of their week in Saint Paul High School Page Program participants are engaged in a wide variety of activities designed to provide them with an understanding of the legislative process, state government, public policy, public service, politics, and much more!

Among the many highlights included in each student's week at the Capitol are:

  • Students are given the opportunity to become acquainted with their Representative in a one on one meeting
  • Students not only observe the legislative process they participate in it by paging in the chamber
  • Students engage in a mock committee meeting in which they learn how legislators research, discuss/debate and address difficult and divisive issues
  • Students meet with legislative leaders, constitutional officers, members of the judiciary, lobbyists, members of the media and others visiting the Capitol complex

Students should expect to participate in all scheduled program activities from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Thursday, and from 8:00am to 12:30pm on Friday.

Video Series Explains the Program

A Guide to the Minnesota House High School Page Program

Participation

The Minnesota House of Representatives High School Page Program is open to all Minnesota high school students in their JUNIOR year. Program participants are selected in the fall of each year based on a formal process which includes an application, faculty recommendation, and an essay.

How to apply

Students interested in applying for the Minnesota House of Representatives High School Page Program should either contact their school, or download an application by following the link bellow.

Stipend

The program provides a small stipend to defray the cost of meals, and pays for the lodging of those staying at the designated hotel. All other expenses are the responsibility of the participants.