Tillis, a resident of Mecklenberg County, was first elected to the N.C. House of Representatives in 2006. Tillis was elected to his current position as speaker of the house on Jan. 26 of this year.
The Public Policy Institute presents the American Youth Congress each year with the goals of teaching the importance of civic education and responsible citizenship to middle school and high school students in Western North Carolina. The event strives to equip youth with the knowledge and importance of civic duty by providing them with the opportunity to have a hands-on experience of the legislative process, in addition to the chance to speak to and learn from local political representatives.
Students are required to draft sample pieces of legislation concerning issues of their communities and present them during the floor session of the AYC. Students must also be ready to debate their drafted legislation in committees to gain support.
The WCU Public Policy Institute was founded in 2001 for the purpose of addressing public policy problems and issues that affect Western North Carolina. The organization helps to get students actively involved in their communities, and conducts research on major political issues that affect the region.
For more information about the AYC or WCU’s Public Policy Institute, call 828-227-3861.