House Page Program

”Youth Learning through Serving”

House Chamber

Introduction

Welcome to the North Carolina General Assembly House Page Program website.

This program offers young men and women the opportunity to learn about, and participate in, the legislative process of our state. It is a four day long experience that allows high school students between the ages of 15 and 18 (or 14 if already in the 9th grade) to observe firsthand how our laws are made. It provides them the unique privilege of working in the House Chamber in the midst of legislative action.

House Pages are important to the operation of the General Assembly as they assist the Members and staff of the House during the legislative session. They participate in daily sessions, committee meetings, and perform other duties including, but not limited to, delivering messages and materials within the legislative complex, answering phones in Representatives’ offices, and passing out documents or running errands in the House Chamber during daily sessions.


Selection Process

The selection process for this program is highly competitive. Official appointments are made by the Speaker of the House based on recommendations by individual Representatives. Each Representative is allotted a number of students he or she can sponsor each session. Students submit their application to their Representative who selects the individuals to be appointed by the Speaker. Appointments are made on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Click on the links above or refer to the 2019 House Page Program Brochure for additional information.


Work Schedule

Pages report to the House Page Office on Monday of the week they are to serve at 1:00 p.m. They will be on duty Monday evening, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and on Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. During weeks with holidays, Pages will be notified the week prior to serving if there is a change in the regular schedule.

Dress Code

Appropriate business attire is required of all House Pages. Young men are required to wear dress slacks, coats, ties, socks, and dress shoes at all times they are on duty. Young women must wear dresses, pantsuits, dress slacks, or skirts with blouses. Flat, comfortable shoes are preferred. Pages are sent a detailed description of appropriate dress when they are appointed to serve. Any Page who does not comply with the dress code will not be allowed to participate and may be sent home.

Accommodations

It is the responsibility of the Page’s parent or guardian to make lodging arrangements prior to coming to Raleigh. Pages may stay with family, friends, or host families. Host families provide lodging, breakfast, dinner, and transportation from Monday evening until 8:00 am Thursday morning at a cost of $100 per week. A complete list of host families and contact information will be included in the appointment packet.

Compensation

Pages are paid a stipend of $150 per week to help pay expenses or, in lieu of payment, receive 30 hours of community service in accordance with their school community service policy.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the House Page Program, please contact the House Page Supervisor, Sue Frederick, at (919) 733-5701 or hps@ncleg.net.

Qualifications

In order to be a House Page you must:
  • Be between the ages of 15 and 18 years old (or 14 and currently in the ninth grade).
  • Have not served as a House Page previously.
  • Be sponsored by a Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives.
  • Be in good academic standing at your school.
  • Have prior approval by the principal of your school if you are appointed to serve as a Page during the school year.

When to Apply

  • Applications for the 2018 legislative session are now available online and at the house page office.
  • Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until all positions for the session are full.
  • During the application and acceptance process, the Home Page will reflect when applications are no longer being accepted. A House Page Schedule will be made available on the Home Page to show the dates that still have availability.

How to Apply

  • Contact Your Representative and request his or her sponsorship. It is preferred that you contact the Representative for the district in which you live. Find Your Representative (enter your home address)
  • The student should completely fill out the application online, save, print and “wet” sign it. The application is available here.
  • The selection process is quite competitive and not all who apply will be appointed. Each Representative may have his or her own criteria which they use to select Pages for appointment.

Notification of Appointment

If appointed, the student will receive an official letter of appointment from the Speaker of the House along with a packet including all necessary information and materials. Read it immediately and respond as directed.
Students must be between the ages of 15 and 18, unless the student is 14 and currently in the 9th grade. Students must be in good academic standing with their school and sponsored by a Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives.
  • Daily Sessions: All Pages attend daily session in the House Chamber. During session, bills are introduced, debated, and passed. Pages are assigned to strategic stations throughout the House Chamber, where they are available to assist House Members. They may be asked to deliver messages, bills, amendments, and other documents.
  • Committee Meetings: Each House Page is assigned to attend committee meetings throughout the day.
  • Office Assistance: Additionally, Pages may provide office assistance to legislators and staff by answering phones, filing, copying, or delivering messages.
No. Pages do not shadow any one specific Member. All Pages for the week work together as a team to serve all 120 Members of the House and the staff.
No. Pages serve for one week when the North Carolina General Assembly is in session. In odd-numbered years the legislature is in long session (January through July) and in even-numbered years the legislature is in short session (May through July). However, there is no set adjournment date so the length of sessions may vary.
Applications may be obtained online, from a Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, or from the House Page Supervisor.
  • Upon completion, the student should contact their House Member to express interest in the program and request sponsorship.
  • The student should return the completed original application to their House Member for signature.
Appointments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. The student will receive a letter of the appointment and additional information about serving as a Page.
You will receive the appointment packet with important information to read immediately. Please be sure to review the following important items:
  • Confirm your ability to serve during the week you have been appointed by returning the yellow postcard in the appointment packet to the House Page Supervisor. If you are unable to serve the week you are appointed but would like to serve another week, call or email the House Page Supervisor to arrange another date.
  • Make housing accommodations with a House Page host family, friend, or relative. It is your responsibility to make all lodging arrangements. If you are planning on staying with a House Page host family, make arrangements immediately after receiving your appointment packet as space is limited and accommodations are not guaranteed. A complete list of host families and contact information is included in the appointment packet.
  • It is mandatory that all forms provided in the appointment packet be completed, signed, and returned or submitted during the check-in process to be eligible for participation in the House Page Program. Do not send the forms to the Speaker and/or Representative Offices. It is acceptable to bring forms to check-in on the Monday you report for work. If you prefer to mail them early, please send to the following address:

    Sue Frederick
    House Page Supervisor
    North Carolina General Assembly
    16 West Jones Street, Room 1329
    Raleigh, NC 27601

Please note, all forms that are sent through the mail should be mailed with sufficient time to be received by the House Page Supervisor. Otherwise, be prepared to bring them with you on the Monday you report for work.
Plan your wardrobe. A strict dress code is enforced. The Dress Code guidelines are included in the appointment packet.
Report to the House Page Office, Room 1329, Legislative Building, 16 West Jones Street, Raleigh, North Carolina at 1:00 p.m. on the Monday of the week you are to serve for check-in. Orientation will begin immediately following check in.
Visitor Parking Lots:
  • LOT #1: Corner of Jones and Wilmington Streets across the street from State Archives Building.
  • LOT #18: Corner of Polk and Wilmington Streets, one block from the Legislative Building.
  • LOT #75: Salisbury Street.
Bring your luggage to the House Page Office. It will be secured until the host family meets you that evening.
It is mandatory that all forms be completed, signed, and returned or submitted during check-in to be eligible for participation in the House Page Program. Before submitting all forms, please make sure all are completely properly, including the notarized Consent to Health Care Form with an attached copy of your insurance card. If you are staying with a host family, please provide an additional notarized Consent to Health Care Form with an attached copy of your insurance card. Do not send the forms to the Speaker and/or Representative Offices. It is acceptable to bring forms to check-in on the Monday you report for work. Or, if you prefer to mail them early, please send to the following address:

Sue Frederick
House Page Supervisor
North Carolina General Assembly
16 West Jones Street, Room 1329
Raleigh, NC 27601

Please note, all forms that are sent through the mail should be mailed with sufficient time to be received by the House Page Supervisor. Otherwise, be prepared to bring them with you on the Monday you report for work.
The forms are necessary to ensure that the House Page Supervisor and the host family know necessary information about the Page in case of a medical or non-medical situation.
If a Page is staying with a host family, the original copy of the Health Consent and Host Family Permission forms are given to the host family. Copies of the Health Consent form and the other forms are kept on file in the House Page Office. The original forms for Pages not staying with a host family are kept on file in the House Page Office.
  • The House Page Supervisor and staff take numerous steps to provide a safe environment for Pages while working at the General Assembly.
  • Host families are carefully interviewed and their homes are visited to ensure safety.
  • Annual criminal background checks are conducted for each adult living in the home.
  • Rules require one bed and one seatbelt per Page.
  • Cleanliness and appropriate bathroom accommodations are required.
  • Each host family is responsible for having proper smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
  • Evaluations are done weekly by the Pages staying with the hosts in order to ensure regulations are being followed.

The host family is responsible for the safety of the Pages during nonworking hours. They provide lodging, transportation to and from the General Assembly, and nutritious meals (breakfast and dinner) during the Page’s stay.
Host families charge $100 cash for each Page. Hosts are paid on Monday night. Please do not send an advance payment or plan to pay them later. The House Page Supervisor does not handle any money for the host families.
You will meet your host family on Monday evening after Session is over. They will meet you and take you and your luggage to their home along with any other Pages staying with them for the week.
Yes. However, host families may have different rules about Pages’ personal vehicles and you will need to discuss this with your host family before coming to Raleigh.
Immediately contact the House Page Supervisor and the host family, if applicable, to notify them of the changes.
Yes.
That is a personal choice. Pages are responsible for any snacks and meals during the work day. Pages staying with a host family may need additional money for entertainment and shopping. Host families are responsible for providing breakfast and dinner during the Pages’ stay.
  • If you have additional questions, please contact the House Page Supervisor at (919) 733-5701 or hps@ncleg.net. If the House Page Supervisor is not available, you can contact the House Principal Clerk’s office at (919) 733-7760.
North Carolina House Page Office • Legislative Building • Room 1329 • Raleigh, NC 27601-2808 • 919-733-5701