YMCA YOUTH IN GOVERNMENT

“DEMOCRACY MUST BE LEARNED BY EACH GENERATION…
EVERY PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.”

What is Youth in Government?

Youth In Government helps participants acquire skills that benefit them for the future.

  • Public speaking/communications
  • Greater understanding of democratic process
  • Enhanced leadership skills
  • Application of moral and ethical values to life decisions

As a YMCA program, Youth In Government focuses on the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. For the Y, strengthening the foundations of the community is our cause.  Teens are encouraged to be active in their communities by fostering debate and problem-solving about local issues. We believe this program helps build informed, inspired, and service-oriented leaders for the future.

High school students in grades 9-12 and limited numbers of middle school students (middle school students serve as legislative pages) are encouraged to participate. Bi-weekly meetings are held locally for 60-90 minutes. All delegates participate in all-day state Pre-Legislative Conferences on three Saturdays over the course of the program year. The Model Government Conference is held in early Spring over three days in Boston. Officers attend leadership training before the conference. All participants are expected to complete any missed school work.

For more information on Youth In Government, contact Danielle Krzemien (Youth In Government Advisor) at dkrzemien@springfieldy.org.

What do Youth In Government Delegates do?

Youth In Government is a model legislative program. Students prepare to compete against other students from all over the state in a model legislative conference at the end of the year. The conference is usually held at the MA State House in Boston. Delegates will spend the weekend presenting and helping to judge the passing of their bills and the bills of fellow students!

There are many ways to participate in Youth In Government. Delegates choose to represent one of three government branches (Legislative, Judicial, Executive). Whether you are interested in debating or prefer to research, write and report, Youth In Government has a place for everyone!

For more information on Youth In Government, contact Danielle Krzemien (Youth In Government Advisor) at dkrzemien@springfieldy.org.

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