Youth in Government

Youth in Government

Grades 9-12

The YMCA Youth in Government Program is open to all students in grades 9-12 and provides a hands-on learning experience that will build students into socially responsible and civic-minded leaders of tomorrow. Students can participate in the legislative, judicial or executive branches of the state government. All students who participate will attend the Youth Congress Conference held in Columbus at the Ohio Statehouse in April.

Components of the program include:

  • Assembly and Senate:  Choose a topic and write a bill to debate at the Model Youth In Government Session.
  • Supreme Court:  Prepare and appeal or respond to a real case before the high court.  Participants have the opportunity to act as a lawyer and judge during the Model Youth In Government Session.
  • Press Corps:  Write an article of interest pertaining to the Youth In Government experience and publish as many as 3 articles in the Newspaper during the Model Youth In Government Session.
  • Intern Delegates:  Unique opportunity for students new to the program to learn program procedures as first year participants in the Assembly and Senate.
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