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Kids have plenty of opportunities to get involved and learn more about government. Here's how:
* If you're under 18: Become a page. The U.S. Congress and state congresses have page programs, in which kids can work and see the process firsthand. Talk to your school counselors or legislators' offices to learn more.
* When you head to college: Consider an internship in Washington or a special study program. Check with your college or university or your legislators' offices. Diabetes advocate Jane Adams recommends the program she participated in: The Washington Semester, through American University. She worked in the Senate and took classes in American government and prelaw to learn about the legislative process—"I got hooked!" she says.
* After graduation: Seek a job in a congressional office, with a lobbying firm, or with a nonprofit organization such as JDRF to learn the ropes and work your way up.