Young Senators Program

Dear friends,

It is my pleasure to introduce the 33rd Senate District Young Senators Program for the 2017-2018 school year.  This program is designed to provide high school students with unique opportunities that yield insights about potential career and educational paths. The Young Senators program is focused on exploring the industries, professions, and social innovations that are critical to our state’s economy, cultivating a unique educational-based experience, and fostering the next generation of California leaders.

Local, state and national leaders from diverse fields, including Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations and government agencies, will expose the Young Senators to the important relationship between the state’s public and private sectors. Through the Young Senators Program, inner-city youth will gain insight into their own potential and be inspired to reach their full realization as leaders in our communities.

The Young Senators Program will include a minimum of one weekend session per month for a period of eight months. Each session will focus on a different issue area with students engaging with industry leaders and taking part in hands-on site visits. The program will commence in February 2018 and will culminate with a Graduation ceremony in October 2018.


  • Must be a sophomore or junior at a high school who resides in the 33rd Senate District
    (Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Lakewood, Long Beach, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, Signal Hill, South Gate and Vernon, communities of Florence/Firestone and Walnut Park)
  • Demonstrated leadership and active involvement at school or in the community.



  • One letter of recommendation
  • Copy of transcripts
  • Personal Statement

Please mail or drop off completed applications by Friday, January 12, 2018 to:

Office of California State Senator Ricardo Lara
c/o Jonathan Flores
3939 Atlantic Ave. Suite 107 Long Beach, CA 90807

If you have any questions regarding the program or application process, please contact Jonathan Flores at or at 323-277-4560

Young Senators Program - The Experience

Students from Senator Ricardo Lara’s 33rd District highlight their experiences in the Young Senators Program, a leadership and youth empowerment program aimed at developing the next generation of California leaders.