The Model New York State Senate Session Project is an annual leadership development program, sponsored by the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force of the New York State Legislature and the City and State University of New York (CUNY/SUNY). Each year, CUNY and SUNY students are brought together for a series of intensive training seminars on state policy formulation, legislative processes, representation and leadership. These seminars include visits from prominent NYS legislators and guest lecturers. The program culminates with students debating bills on the floor of the New York State Senate chamber in Albany. The goal of this program is for students to further their organizational, research and public speaking skills by means of model legislative seminars. Moreover, they are introduced to a “hands-on” approach to involvement in the political and policy processes that affect them, their families and their communities. Participating students are also given the opportunity to compete for scholarship awards.