Kentucky House of Representatives Opportunities for Teens
The Kentucky House of Representatives is offering 2 types of paging opportunities for teens during legislative sessions. This is a great learning opportunity, looks great on a resume and helps develop real world government experience.
Daily Pages: are between the ages of 10 to 18. Although Daily Pages generally have one House sponsor, they perform a valuable service for all representatives and staff by delivering messages, running errands, copying material, and delivering bills. During a normal day, there is a pool of available Pages. The Page Supervisor is in charge of the Daily Pages. The Page Supervisor shows Daily Pages where they are to be stationed during the session and instructs them as to proper decorum. Daily Pages receive a certificate of appreciation from their House sponsor at the end of the day. To become a Daily Page, interested students must contact their state Representative’s office and make a request to serve as his or her Daily Page. Find your representative. Opportunity 2: Full-Time Pages: The Kentucky House of Representatives chooses ambitious high school juniors and seniors who are of high academic standing to serve as Pages each legislative session. The pages will serve a full year, including extraordinary sessions, if possible. Although the legislature demands a great deal of the Pages' time, each Page is expected to attend their school activities according to school policy. Serving as a Page in a professional working environment will contribute to the participant’s confidence and self-esteem. Because Pages learn to accept a large degree of personal responsibility for their work, the Page experience helps prepare them for the future demands of their academic and professional careers Pages also develop meaningful friendships with others and a sense of belonging to a time-honored tradition of public service. They meet and relate to a large group of people from around the state and begin learning how to make good personal decisions as they manage their finances, transportation, work demands, and new friendships. Pages will be expected to be pleasant, courteous, and helpful to all persons. Adherence to all legislative policies and procedures is expected. The use of drugs or alcohol may result in immediate dismissal. Pages report to work each day 1 hour prior to the beginning of session and will leave upon completion of their legislative duties after the House adjourns for the day. Pages are paid by the day at a rate of $52. All Pages wear a navy blazer with the seal of the Commonwealth of Kentucky embroidered on it. This blazer will be provided to them by the House while they are employed. They are also expected to dress in business appropriate attire. Decorum on the House floor is of the utmost importance at all times. It is improper to chew gum or eat while serving as a Page in the House Chamber. Cell phones should also be turned off while the House is in session. How to Apply: Students interested in becoming a Full-Time Page of the House of Representatives must contact the House Clerk’s Office at 502-564-3900, or through email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Students will then be asked to submit a cover letter stating why they would like to be a House Page, along with a résumé. Please include all contact information. The Application deadline is October 31 of each year. The Clerk may then contact the student at a later date for a job interview. The Clerk will also contact the school to make sure that the applicant is of high academic standing and is eligible to serve as a Page for the year.