Not only does Tammy Wehrle works with the chief clerk’s office, but she also helps run the program Senate’s Scholars. Unlike YIG, which is a year round program, Senate’s Scholars in an intense week where select students are allowed to help take part in Wisconsin’s government.
“Students get to write actual legislation with our attorneys who write our actual Wisconsin bills. Students will write legislation and then throughout the week they will get to meet people from the state senate, which is what the program is run from, and then by the end of the week they will be able to have a committee meeting on that bill,” Wehrle said.
The program was started in 2005 when the chief clerk had found there was a need to have a leadership program that included students in government. There are multiple sessions in a year for small group of students to partake in this activity. Multiple YIG delegates have and will take part in Senate’s scholars.
“What I have seen is that some former Senate’s Scholars grow to have an actual role in the government. Our hope with this program is to not only educate students, but to help them grow into the role of being a future legislature,” Wehrle said.
More information about this program can be found at www.senatescholar.com.