Youth and Government
"DEMOCRACY MUST BE LEARNED BY EACH GENERATION"
Youth and Government is a 6 month program, in which high school delegates model various positions of the California State Legislature and Court Systems. Students Participate by joining local delegations to create bills, research and practice court cases, and attend Model legislature and Court Conferences.
Youth and Government teaches the values of democracy by creating citizen leaders from a cross-section of the states high school population providing them with the opportunity to experience government first-hand and learn how to solve community problems through the democratic process.
- Youth and Government consists of over 2300 delegates and 250 volunteers, who meet as individual delegations o discuss the issues facing California.
- Upon heading to Sacramento, "real" Government moves over and the teen delegates "take-over" the historic halls, chambers and offices of our State Capitol, Supreme Court, and Governor's Office for the Model Legislature and Court.
- Participants will develop life skills that they will find useful in any career they may pursue.
- This program build lasting friendships and connections!
- View Delegate and other Job Descriptions for the Model Legislature and Court (MLC) here.
MEETINGS AND CONFERENCES
- PARENT INFO NIGHT I
Meeting at McGrath Family YMCA - Monday, June 6th, 2016!
(meeting begins @ 6:30pm)
- TRAINING & ELECTIONS I
Meeting in Fresno, CA - Date/time TBD
- TRAINING & ELECTIONS II
Meeting in Fresno, - Date/time TBD
- 68TH ANNUAL MODEL LEGISLATURE & COURT
Meeting in Sacramento, CA - Date/time TBD
For registrations, fees or more information on the Y's Youth & Government program please contact YMCA Teens Coordinator Breana Clark at Bclark@ymca.org or call (619) 462.9622.
With regards to all meetings - all high school age students are welcome to attend anytime!
WHAT DOES Youth & Government DO?
- Take trips throughout California to attend state-wide conferences and meetings.
- Attend weekly delegation meetings in their home town.
- Develop strong leadership skills.
- Make new friends, network, and meet other high school students from around the state.
- Debate state-wide current events, issues & write bills
- Host social events & dances
GET INVOLVED TODAY! #BETHECHANGE
Interested in joining other teens across the state who want to make a difference? Send us an email to find out how!