The Apprentice Legislature was an organization for politically-minded youth. It had offices on many different planets, as well as Alderaan, Naboo, and Thesme. During the final years of the Old Galactic Republic, Padmé Amidala joined this group when she turned eight and achieved the position of Apprentice Legislator at the age of eleven. Her friend and fellow Legislator, Silya Shessaun, first met her at a summit on Alderaan, and acted as her mentor during a week-long political workshop hosted by the organization.