State Affairs Forum is designed to broaden participants’ knowledge of pre-selected current events topics. State Affairs Forum uses the structure of committee hearings with parliamentary procedure where students propose solutions to important current issues.  It encourages debate on these solutions and thereby fosters in-depth understanding of the topics at hand. Delegates are encouraged to be vocal, listen intently, and participate as much as possible.

Our goal for our State Affairs Forum participants is for them to understand well-formulated solutions (not legislation) for major problems facing Texas and the national/international community, furthering their holistic understanding of news events and empowering them to speak intelligently about feasible ways to address such problems.

The SAF topics and supporting materials can be found underneath the toggle below.

We are excited to return to in person programs and conference for 2021-2022. As a result all previous guidelines and changes to procedures for virtual no longer apply. Please follow supporting material below which serve  reference for in-person conference. District and State Conferences will be virtual for the 2020-2021 program year. As a result, the following documents and procedures may be modified for a virtual conference.

2021 Outstanding SAF Proposals (posted soon)

2021 SAF Updates Memo 

SAF 2021-2022 Topic List

State Affairs Proposal Debate Timeline 

SAF Proposal Template (Word)

State Affairs Forum Section Manual

SAF Amendment Form

SAF Proposal Evaluation Form (Students) Revised

SAF Proposal Evaluation Form (Adult Evaluators)

**All Proposals should be submitted prior to your District Conference, check with District Director for Due Date.

Austin District SAF Proposal Submission Forms: High School, Middle School

Dallas District SAF Proposal Submission Forms: High School, Middle School

Fort Worth District SAF Proposal Submission Forms: High School, Middle School

Houston District SAF Proposal Submission Forms: High School, Middle School

Midland District SAF Proposal Submission Form: High School