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Youth Day at the Statehouse

Join youth from all over Indiana for MCCOY’s second annual Youth Day at the Statehouse to watch the Indiana General Assembly in Action. 

Families and youth groups are invited to participate in this engaging event, which will include opportunities to:

  • Meet lawmakers tell them what is important to you.
  • Meet other youth advocates.
  • Learn about other youth advocacy groups.
  • Observe committee hearings and watch voting.

Be an advocate for positive change in Indiana!

Information to know

Mark your calendar!

The 2025 Youth Day at the Statehouse will take place on President’s Day, Monday, February 17, 2025. 

You can find us at the Indiana Statehouse on the 2nd floor (main level) on the North side of the building. 

Registration opens in January, 2025!

Sign up for the Statehouse Sound-off newsletter for exclusive updates on registering yourself and others for the 2025 Youth Day at the Statehouse.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the agenda for the day?

The agenda offers many opportunities and options for groups to adapt to their own interests and needs. We also will have many options for on-your-own activities that can be completed anytime during the day, including a station to write postcards to your elected officials, and much more.

  • 9:00 AM – Check-In begins
  • 9:30-10:00 AM- Welcome message from MCCOY staff
  • 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Committee Hearings
  • 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Youth Advocacy Resource Fair
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch and Youth Day at the Statehouse Program
  • 1:00 PM – House and Senate sessions begin

A full detailed agenda is coming soon!

We recommend wearing comfortable shoes for lots of walking. There will be places to hang your coat, but remember where you place your coat so you can grab it at the end of the day. February in Indiana is cold!

CAN you dress up for this event? Absolutely! If you hope to share your thoughts with lawmakers it doesn’t hurt to dress business casual or business professional, though that is not a requirement for this event.

There is an accessible entrance on the first floor, on the WEST side of the statehouse. There are also elevators in the building. For more information about accessibility at the statehouse, please email: ADAhelp@iga.in.gov


Buses typically offload by the Capitol Street entrance (on the East side of the Statehouse). Bus parking is available for $20 at the Indianapolis Zoo down the street.

We recommend arriving early to get parking. There are several parking garages surrounding the Indiana Statehouse, Including Premier Parking, Republic Parking, and the Claypool Parking Garage.

Check-In will be in the North Atrium of the Statehouse on the Second Floor (Ground Level).

The Statehouse is a big place! That’s why we have a map to help you find check-in and find all the opportunities available to you in this interactive event. Download the Statehouse Map and see below for where MCCOY staff will be ready to welcome you and provide materials on the day of the event:

Communications Toolkit

Share this event with partners, youth organizations, and families using this helpful communications toolkit. See social media graphics, handouts, sample language for inviting students in your youth program, and much more.

Download our communications toolkit.

There are so many ways to stay engaged and connected to the Indiana General Assembly if you can’t make it in-person! Check out our Advocacy Resources page for all the best videos about the legislative process and how to contact your legislator about the issues YOU care about.

If your question isn’t answered here, feel free to reach out to hannah.swogger@mccoyouth.org or sarah.kumfer@mccoyouth.org.

Browse the page below for videos providing background on the Indiana General Assembly, what to expect for the event, and some tips on navigating the General Assembly website. These resources can help you be prepared to make the most of Youth Day at the Statehouse.

Registration Requirements

  • All youth 17 and under must be registered with and accompanied by an adult at this event.
  • For group registrations, we require at least one adult chaperone per 10 youth.
  • Registration deadline is February 10, 2025.

Registration Begins January 2025

Register yourself and any groups coming with you starting in January 2025! Sign up for the Statehouse Sound-off for exclusive updates on when registration opens!

Youth Day at the Statehouse Resource Fair

We invite partner organizations to join us at Youth Day at the Statehouse and participate in our resource fair! We hope to connect youth attendees with all of the many wonderful organizations around our city and state that provide youth advocacy and empowerment opportunities. 

Past participants included:

  • The Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council
  • Students Demand Action
  • Voices Corp.
  • Marion County Youth Violence Prevention Coalition
  • Confront the Climate Crisis
  • Youth Against Racial Injustice
  • and more!

Are you interested in participating in our Youth Advocacy Resource Fair?

Sign-up for the resource fair will begin in December 2024!

Spread the word!

Let others in your network know about Youth Day at the Statehouse! This is an excellent opportunity to educate and empower young people to take action on policy decisions that impact themselves and their communities. 

Share this opportunity, and invite other youth and colleagues to join you. Lawmakers need to hear from youth because youth voices, their ideas, and their concerns matter!

We have put together a communications toolkit so you can easily share this opportunity via social media or through newsletters. 

Become a sponsor!

This day would not be possible without the help of our sponsors. If your organization is interested in sponsoring the 2025 Youth Day at the Statehouse, check out our sponsorship opportunities below.