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2 Students Picked for Program to Learn More About Politics

April 18, 1998

Two high school seniors from the Mar Vista Gardens housing project have been chosen to participate in a program designed to increase youth awareness about the political process.

Jackie Villavelasquez, 18, and Selamawitt Kidane, 17, will travel to Sacramento this weekend under the auspices of Capitol Focus, a nonpartisan group based in Sacramento.

"We use the state Capitol as a living laboratory for the kids," said Jim Muldavin, executive director of the program.

In Sacramento, the students meet with legislators, lobbyists and the media and conduct a simulated legislative hearing, Muldavin said.

More than 15,000 high school students have participated in the program since its inception in 1983.

Villavelasquez is a senior at Venice High School and Kidane attends Culver City High.

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