This Conference is an intensive four day training experience held in the spring and is designed to immerse students in the process by which public policy is proposed, enacted and changed in New York State and educate them as to how they can influence and affect this process. Albany insiders discuss the operations of New York State government including how policy is shaped and enacted. Students develop knowledge of the disparate forces that influence policy development. Additionally, students are afforded the opportunity to observe Assembly and Senate sessions and to shadow both their Assembly members and Senators.
SIA continues to expand and has the greatest involvement by different leagues throughout the state. The LWVNYS provides not only the administration of this program, the materials that leagues can use to find the students to represent the league, but also pays for the entire cost of the four day program for one student from each league with the exclusion of the trip to and from Albany. If any league wishes to send additional students, there is a cost of approximately $600.00 to cover the expense. Many leagues have used their other youth programs (names, descriptions of these programs, and contact people appear on this site) as a way to identify students to represent them in Albany. Leagues like the LWVNYC have given extra recognition to their representatives.