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VETTE’S VEGAS VOICE: On The Capital Beat

July 12, 2017 by Las Vegas Black Image Magazine  
Filed under Community


Yvette Williams

BY YVETTE WILLIAMS

High-school students from eight Clark County School District (CCSD) campuses traveled to Carson City on March 30 for African American Legislative Day, organized by the Clark County Black Caucus (CCBC). Thirty-two students — along with Black Student Union advisers, CCBC mentors, and chaperones — experienced a day in the life of a legislator, observing both the Assembly and Senate for a firsthand look at how legislation is passed.

The overnight trip provided students with the opportunity to better understand the Nevada legislative process, address policy- and decision-makers about concerns important to them, and visit the University of Nevada, Reno. CCBC representatives provided mentoring and guidance to help walk students through the process — visiting legislators in their offices and participating in committee meetings.

Participating schools included Advanced Technologies Academy, Canyon Springs, Centennial, Chaparral, Cheyenne, Desert Pines, Legacy, and Valley.

During a private meeting, Assemblyman Jason Frierson was presented with a special award, recognizing his achievement as the first African-American to serve as Speaker of the Assembly. Frierson shared his personal story before taking questions from the enthusiastic crowd.

On the following day, students met at the Nevada Department of Education for a roundtable discussion with Superintendent Steve Canavero and his leadership team. Students were given the floor to share their concerns, suggestions, challenges and successes. Governor Sandoval joined the discussion and greeted each participant personally — then presented his prized Governor’s Coin before departing from the nearly two-hour meeting. Students left feeling their comments and suggestions were valued.

The fast-paced trip, which concluded with lunch and a campus tour at UNR, was sponsored by the Clark County Black Caucus Education Committee in partnership with CCSD’s Equity and Diversity Department, 100 Black Men of Las Vegas, United Way of Las Vegas, and Operation32371.org.

Stay tuned for next month’s 79th Nevada Legislative Session recap right here in the Las Vegas Black Image Magazine.

Yvette Williams is a community advocate and Chair/Founder of the Clark County Black Caucus, a non-partisan community organization driven 100% by volunteer members registered to vote. Follow her Blog at www.YvetteBWilliams.com and on twitter @YvetteBWilliams or contact her at ClarkCountyBlackCaucus@gmail.com for more information.

The Clark County Black Caucus hosted African American Legislative Day in Carson City with Clark County School District students.

Graduates from Centennial High School.

Graduates from Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy.

BCON graduating students.

Graduates from Spring Valley High School.

High school graduates from West Preparatory Institute School for Academic Excellence at Charles I. West.

BCON honored 1800 high school graduates.

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