Congressional Seminar

Democracy in Action!

Explore the political and legislative process.

Now in our fifth decade, the Workshops Foundation

offers one-week experiential education programs on government and

politics. Dedicated to getting young people involved in the political and the legislative process, we invite students to investigate the United States Congress, the Supreme Court, Embassies, and Executive agencies by meeting with Members of Congress, government officials, diplomats,lobbyists, and professors. Students will also visit the historical and iconic highlights of our nation’s capital.

 

This six-day program seeks to increase citizen participation in the

electoral process while increasing students' knowledge of contemporary

events through informative, on-site dialogue sessions with leaders from

both the federal government and private sectors. To constantly seek out

new information, becoming involved, and finding new answers are the

timeless missions of youth and the goals of the Washington Workshops

Foundation.

 

Workshops seminars, while always an enjoyable and

a memorable experience, is primarily a learning experience, with

knowledge and excellence stressed throughout the seminar stay.

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Washington D.C.

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June 25 - July 1, 2022

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$2085

The Model Congress - Your Turn to Make the Rules

The Model Congress is an interactive simulation designed to create a hands-on experience of the inner workings of the US Congress and the dynamics and challenges of policy making. Each participant will be assigned to a model committee and can interact with professionals and experts relating to their committee focus.

 

Participants will also collaborate with their fellow committee members to analyze, discuss, and design thoughtful solutions to address pressing national and international issues based on their research and experiences throughout the seminar week. The culminating experience of the Model Congress is the Final Model Congress Session.

 

Committees will present and debate their respective bills following a modified set of debate procedures very similar to those followed by members of the US House of Representatives. The Final Model Congress is always an enjoyable culmination of the Model Congress Simulation replete with spirited discourse, gavel strikes, and calls to order!

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Debate

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Vote

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The Model Congress helped me find what I believe in, and allowed me a safe place to voice my opinion. I learned how to defend my position as well as strategically poke holes in the oppositions' arguments. Now I understand why it's important to learn about political issues.

– Hannah P., Hawai'i

Get the Experience

These are typical activities planned throughout the Congressional Seminar. To customize your experience, give us a call or send us an email with the additional educational experiences your school is interested in.

Seminar Specifics

  • Seven days in our nation's capital with on-site study of the U.S. Congress and Federal Government

  • Meet your U.S. Senators and Representatives on exclusive visits to Capitol Hill

  • Attend briefings with speakers from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government, think tanks, college professors, and the media

  • Visit the National Mall, Mount Vernon, and the memorials and monuments of Washington D.C.

  • Explore future career opportunities

  • Gala Dinner and Dance Cruise on the Potomac River

Lodging and Transportation

  • Campus housing – safe and superb academic setting with the recreational facilities at American University

  • Breakfast and dinner each day of the seminar

  • Chartered motor coach transportation in and around the Washington D.C. area

  • Full-time presence of trained seminar staff to provide interpretation, facilitation, and supervision

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

Questions?

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