CIOGC is excited to offer 15 Senate Page opportunities for young Muslims from the Chicago area! This is an incredible chance for anyone interested in learning more about legislative processes in Illinois.
What is a Senate Page?
CIOGC Senate Pages are matched with a state senator and get to shadow them for the day on Illinois Muslim Action Day (IMAD), which will take place by mid-April, 2017. By shadowing state senators, Senate Pages have the opportunity to participate in lawmaking and the legislative process first-hand.
What does the application process look like?
- If interested, submit the Online Senate Page Application. The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, January 27, 2017 by 11:59pm.
- Be ready for a phone and/or in-person interview sometime after the application deadline
- If selected as a candidate, you will be asked to attend two trainings: Civic Engagement & Senate Page. Both trainings will be completed before IMAD
- If all trainings are successfully completed and the candidate remains in good standing, s/he will serve as a Senate Page during IMAD by mid-April, 2017.
What is the criteria to apply to be a Senate Page?
- Be a current junior/senior in high school or a freshman/sophomore/junior in college.
- Submit a complete application. The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, January 27, 2017 by 11:59pm.
- Be able to attend Civic Engagement and Senate Page trainings, Organize your own transportation to Springfield for the Senate Page Program/IMAD by mid-April 2017.
- For more information, please email Farah@ciogc.org or call the CIOGC office, 312-506-0070.
2016 Senate Page Testimonials
Isa Ranjha (Islamic School Foundation)
“Being able to work in the shadow of a real senator was eye opening as to how the whole process works in Springfield of suggesting, debating, and finally passing a bill.”
Julia Asfour (Universal School)
“Becoming a Senate Page was a very insightful opportunity. Due to their affable behavior, I was able to converse with various senators about dire controversial issues. One particular senator noticed my hijab and began speaking with me in Arabic.”
Noor Alyousef (Islamic School Foundation)
“It was a great opportunity to experience what it is really like to be a state senator and understand their duties as they play one of the most important roles in meeting our communities’ needs, especially as Muslims.”
Nabeel Ghani (Islamic School Foundation)
“CIOGC Senate Page program is a very important one. No other Mosques or Islamic Centers can organize such as this program.”