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Youth & Government

Democracy must be learned by each generation. YMCA Youth & Government is a statewide civic education and leadership program in which schools, civic organizations and Ys involve kids in hands-on learning experiences.


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YMCA Youth and Government allows middle and high school students to experience the excitement of our state government in action.

Students meet regularly as a club during the fall semester. Each club consists of participating students and an adult sponsor (usually a teacher) and is guided by YMCA staff and volunteers. Students choose to participate in one of four areas: legislative, judicial, media, or state affairs forum.

Area clubs begin meeting during the fall school semester. In November, clubs compete at District Conference, and the top individuals and teams advance to the State Conference in January.

Areas of Participation/Y&G 101
Find out about each area of Youth and Government!
Participating Schools/YMCAs (2019-2020)
2019-2020 Y&G Conference Dates
Club Timeline & Deadlines
Why We Need Youth & Government
Youth and Government Contact Info