Youth and Government


Youth and Government™ is a national program of the Y that involves thousands of teens nationwide in state-organized, model-government programs. Students from every corner of the U.S. have the opportunity to immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement and toquite literally, practice democracy. Teens from across every state meet in their local Youth and Government™ groups throughout the year to discuss and debate issues that affect citizens of their state and to propose legislation. The program culminates with teens serving as delegates at their state conference, debating bills on the floor of the legislature.

Youth in Government (YIG) offers model legislative and judicial experiences for youth in grades 6 –12. Students learn by doing, and have the opportunity to try their hand at leadership in an open and receptive learning environment. Currently this program is only offered at the YMCA of Port Angeles.