The YMCA of GWC's Youth & Government program emphasizes the Y's four core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
Youth & Government is a hands-on learning experience that builds vital leadership and social skills in today’s middle and high school teens. Through a simulation learning process, participants play key positions in world politics and state government, learn about different cultures and ideas, and make strong bonds with others.
Students from every corner of the U.S. have the opportunity to immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement and to, quite 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.
YMCA Texas Youth & Government
YMCA Texas Youth & Government is a statewide civic education and leadership development institute in which YMCAs, schools, and community organizations involve students in hands-on learning experiences. 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.