Senate and House Page Programs

Senate of Virginia Page Leadership Program

Page Mock Session

OVERVIEW:

The Senate Page Leadership Program is structured similar to a college preparatory program with components centered on developing future leaders. Students who receive admission to the program carry on the tradition of page service in the legislature while fulfilling requirements in a professional development track comprised of speakers, site visits and classroom-like instruction.

The mission of our program is to facilitate a structured environment in which young Virginians embrace responsibility and accountability, develop professional characteristics through strict standards of conduct and engage in the legislative process through work, observation and discussion.

 

The program is structured around three primary components:

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The Responsible Young Professional: Each Senate Page will be tasked with various job assignments such as staffing committee meetings (in a backup clerk capacity), answering telephone calls, providing basic concierge services and speaking to the public or visiting delegations about their experience and role in the legislative process. Assignments are delegated to the page class using a team approach with an emphasis on exceptional standards of service.

The Evolving Leader: The class will engage in team building scenarios designed to practice leadership skills. Our professional development track centers on topics relevant to young adults today. In addition to meeting elected officials, we engage the class in sessions pertaining to etiquette, money management, cyber bullying and life after the page leadership program.

The Civic-Minded Young Adult: Senate Page service extends beyond the confines of Capitol Square. Each class is required to complete a community service project as a team. The program partners with a local non-profit group that serves approximately three-dozen counties across the Commonwealth.

The program capstone is a mock legislative session, a one-hour debate in which the class will demonstrate what they learned about the legislative process. Pages switch roles with legislators to openly debates topics on which they voted in mock committee. Legislators serve the mock floor session in a page-like capacity.

Senate of Virginia Page Leadership Program Video

Program Schedule and Absenteeism from School:
By order of the Constitution of Virginia, the legislature convenes on the second Wednesday in January for 46 calendar days in odd-numbered years and 60 calendar days in even-numbered years. Those who receive admission to the program report each Sunday evening and depart each Friday at Noon during the legislative session. Residency in a hotel is required. Admission to the program requires a full commitment on the part of the student and his/her parents for the duration of a legislative session.

Admission to the Senate Page Leadership Program is an excused absence from school. Absenteeism for Senate Pages is addressed in sections 8VAC20-110-40 and 8VAC20-110-50 of the Virginia Administrative Code. If you are selected to the program, your school will need to make the appropriate notation in their records system.

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Requirements for Consideration:
Prior to submitting an application, applicants should discuss the program requirements and demands as a family. The applicant must also discuss the program with the appropriate school personnel such as principals, guidance counselors and teachers. Applicants seeking admission must be 13 or 14 years of age on the first day of session (second Wednesday in January) and a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia. All components of the online application must be completed by the applicant, with the assistance of parents/legal guardians.

 

Application Review, Selection and Notification:
Members of the Senate, on a rotating basis, along with Senate leaders, appoint 26 pages each session. Additional pages are appointed by the Clerk of the Senate. This process is very different than the House of Delegates Page Program, so decisions are typically released in mid-December. All applicants will receive notification from the Senate Clerk’s Office.

 

Graduates from the Senate Page Leadership Program are well-positioned for consideration into high school and college leadership programs; in particular, those facilitated by the Sorenson Institute of Political Leadership at UVA, programs administered through the American Legion, and the U.S. Senate Page Program.

 

Senate of Virginia Page Leadership Program Application for 2017

Thank you for your interest in the Senate Page Leadership Program. The online application for the 2017 Legislative Session is now closed. The deadline for submission was 5:00 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17, 2016.

If you did not receive a confirmation e-mail from the Senate Clerk's Office within five business days of applying, your application was not submitted.

The TeacherBrochure.pdf answers the most frequently asked questions about schoolwork for educators and families.

For additional information, or if you have any questions, please call toll-free at 1(888) 892-6948 or 1(804) 698-7410 or e-mail: pageinfo@senate.virginia.gov.

 

 

House of Delegates Page Program

Select a PDF below to find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions regarding the House of Delegates Page Program.


The School and Education PDF answers questions for principals, teachers, guidance counselors, students, and families.

The House Page Program PDF answers questions for students and families about applying and what it is like to be a House of Delegates Page.



Each year the Speaker of the House of Delegates appoints 13 and 14 year-olds from across the Commonwealth to serve as House pages during the regular session of the General Assembly. These young people assist the members of the House of Delegates, the House Clerk's staff, and other legislative staff in the daily duties required for the successful operation of the House of Delegates during the session.

House Pages

The page workday begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. A lunch break is provided. There is no weekend work except for the last Saturday of session. Pages deliver documents throughout the Capitol complex, and perform errands for members and staff of the House of Delegates during each day's floor session and at committee meetings. Pages are also selected for assignments in specific House offices including the Speaker's Office, the Clerk's Office, the Bill Room, the Copy Center, and the Governor's Office. Pages are trained for these assignments during the first two days of their employment. Every effort is made to provide each page with a variety of work assignments. All work assignments are important to the legislative process and should be performed in a professional manner.

While at work pages are under the supervision of the Clerk and the Information & Communications Services Director, the Page Coordinator and Assistant Page Coordinator, and two Head Pages who served as pages the previous year. After work pages have approximately two hours of unsupervised free time from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. reserved for eating dinner. It is mandatory that all pages reside at the hotel. There are two chaperones on duty at the hotel from 5:00 p.m. until 8:30 a.m. each day, Sunday through Friday.

A mandatory study hall is held at the hotel every Monday through Thursday evening from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Certified teachers supervise the pages and help individual students as needed. Study hall teachers do not provide classroom instruction and do not administer tests and exams. Pages are responsible for arranging with their schools and teachers the preferred method of taking tests and exams. They must also make arrangements with their schools and teachers to maintain their schoolwork, including any tutoring that is required. Pages are responsible for making their own weekend travel arrangements.

Page Program

It is important that prospective pages understand that they are to conduct themselves in an adult manner and should always be on their best behavior as they are representing their delegates, families, and schools. Serving as a page is a wonderful experience and an educational opportunity. However, it is also a 40-hour per week paid position for which they are making a firm commitment to report to work every day. Requests for time off to participate in extracurricular activities will not be granted. Their commitment requires hard work, initiative, responsibility, and a positive attitude. The Speaker and the Clerk expect excellent behavior from the pages and rely on a strong support network between the pages, their families, teachers, and the Clerk's staff. Pages not conducting themselves in an appropriate manner will be disciplined as required, which may include removal from the program.

The Speaker's Office and the Clerk's Office staffs strive to ensure that each page's employment with the House of Delegates is both enjoyable and educational.

House of Delegates 2017 Page Program Application

Thank you for your interest in the House of Delegates Page Program. The online application for the 2017 Legislative Session is now closed. The deadline for submission was 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17, 2016.

The application process for the 2018 Legislative Session will commence on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

If you have questions about the application process or the House of Delegates Page Program, contact Kathy Roberts at (804) 698-1128 or kroberts@house.virginia.gov.