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Leadership Day 2017

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Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Utah State Capitol Rotunda

Every year the Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) invites Utah students to attend the Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol. It is a day to engage youth in the legislative process and to gain an understanding of the importance of becoming informed and involved citizens of Utah. This is also an opportunity for legislators to interact with high school students and educators, and to encourage students to stay in school, graduate, and become future Utah leaders.


UPDATE: The registration deadline has been extended to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 22, 2017, and specific registration requirements have changed.

Registration is free. Capacity is set for 300 students and educators, so register as soon as possible. *Please note: The Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) implemented changes to this year’s registration criteria and requirements. Educators and/or Chaperones are required to accompany their students.

  • Requirement: A maximum of 26 students and educators per school No maximum capacity per school, but follow the required student and educator ratio.
  • Requirement: 1 educator per 12 students 25 students.
  • Leadership Day is for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students and educators.
    All 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students are invited to register, but MCA highly encourages students who are enrolled in U.S. Government & Citizenship courses, involved in a student leadership program, of underrepresented backgrounds, and/or interested in civic engagement, to attend.
  • The Parent Questionnaire is voluntary, and should be completed by the student’s parent or guardian.

Registration opens Thursday, January 19 and closes Friday, February 17, 2017 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 22, 2017. This year, capacity is set for 300 students and educators, so register promptly as slots will fill up fast.

PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE – Please complete this form after you register.
MCA invites parents (or guardians) to complete a parent questionnaire, and participation is voluntary. The parent questionnaire helps the Office of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) determine if we are reaching a diverse group of students during the Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol. MCA invites you to complete the following form, because your child will attend the Leadership Day with their school. For parents who choose to participate, their child’s information remains confidential. The acknowledgement section is removed before any data collection, which means their responses do not identify them or their child’s name. We ask educators to collect the forms and provide them to MCA on the day of the event or email to To print the Parent Questionnaire, click MYLD_Parent_Questionnaire.

If you have any questions regarding Registration, please contact Itzel Hernandez at or 801-245-7282. Click on the link to obtain your own copy of this year’s flyer, MYLD_2017_Flyer.

Excellence in Education Awards

Nomination submissions closed

As an integral part of the Leadership Day, the Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) seeks to recognize extraordinary students and educators who help advance civic learning and engagement with Utah’s multicultural communities. This award is presented to up to three students and three educators from Utah high schools (10th, 11th, 12th grades) as deemed appropriate by the office.

1. The nominee has been personally involved in making tangible, visible, and meaningful contributions to the advancement of civic engagement among diverse communities.
2. A descriptive summary about the nominee’s qualifications as related to the applicable selection criteria.
3. The nominee must not have previously received the award.

Examples of the type of honorees MCA seeks to recognize include but are not limited to the following:

  • Advancing Civics Learning and Engagement. Who proactively seizes opportunities to promote civics and service learning with diverse communities? We encourage the nomination of individuals who continuously seek opportunities to initiate partnerships with individuals, organizations, and multicultural communities to elevate and expand civic engagement.
  • Embracing Social and Intercultural Awareness. Who shows an understanding and sensitivity to the civic issues impacting people from various cultural communities? MCA seeks the nomination of people who actively help others better understand and appreciate Utah’s multicultural communities and the civic issues that directly impact them.
  • Facilitating Change. Who encourages others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to civic learning and democratic engagement? We ask for the nomination of individuals who support and use good ideas to solve problems and address civic issues relevant to diverse communities in Utah.

MCA aims to celebrate the nominees who initiate new ideas and involve people, organizations, and diverse communities to be engaged in Utah’s civic and democratic life.

  • The promotion of an inclusive climate for Utah’s multicultural communities.
  • The collaboration with others that advance a local or regional vision and narrative for civic engagement.
  • The support for civic success outcomes for diverse students, schools, and diverse communities.


  • A completed nomination form with appropriate signatures and contact information.
  • A descriptive summary written by the nominator about the nominee’s qualifications as related to the applicable selection criteria (Please note: three pages maximum, submitted in letter format).
  • The award nomination form is due Monday, February 13, 2017.

Submit online nominations by clicking the button below. If you would like to print a nomination form, click MYLD_Award_Nomination_Form and email your complete nomination packet to Rozanna Benally-Sagg at For more information call 801-245-7210.

If selected, award recipients are highly encouraged to attend Leadership Day on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 to receive their award certificate and be honored during the main program.

General Agenda

9:30-10:00 AM – Attendees Check-In
10:00-10:50 – Main Program – Speakers, Cultural Performers, Education Awards Presentation
10:40-10:50 – Break
10:50-11:20 – Team Red – Workshop (Auditorium), Team Blue – Self-guided Capitol Tours, Exhibitors (Rotunda)
11:20-11:30 – Break
11:30 AM-12:00 PM – Team Red – Self-guided Capitol Tours, Exhibitors (Rotunda), Team Blue – Workshop (Auditorium)
12:00-12:30 – Closing Session, Lunch
12:30 – Students Depart

Workshop, Capitol Tours & Exhibitors

Each student and educator is assigned a group, either Team Red or Team Blue. According to your assigned group, you will be attending a workshop, self-guided capitol tour or interacting with exhibitors during your designated time.

WORKSHOP – Team Red-10:50-11:20 AM; Team Blue-11:30 AM-12:00 PM
The workshop is designed to create an interactive experience for the high school students and educators. The workshop will include a panel discussion, interactive activity, and a reflection activity. The workshop will take place in the State Office Building Auditorium.

CAPITOL TOURS & EXHIBITORS – Team Red-11:30 AM-12:00 PM; Team Blue-10:50-11:20 AM
Students and educators can engage in a self-guided capitol tour using the Self-Guided Tour pamphlet, or visit the available exhibit tables located in the Capitol Rotunda. Educators will lead their group of students on self-guided tours at their leisure. Exhibitors are available during this time and will encompass various organizations throughout the state, targeting youth and civic engagement.


MCA is seeking volunteers for this year’s Leadership Day event. Detailed information is forthcoming, or you can contact Itzel Hernandez at to inquire. Once assigned, MCA asks if you can no longer volunteer please notify Itzel, at least three days before the event to find a replacement.