What is Youth and Government

Empower Your Voice with California YMCA Youth & Government!

Join a legacy of over 75 years in shaping young leaders. Our program immerses high school students in the world of California’s legislature and courts, fostering skills like critical thinking, public speaking, and research. Explore the power of collaboration, forge friendships, and embrace our YMCA values. Together, we’re nurturing socially responsible leaders who ignite change and embody the spirit of community.

Unleash Your Potential: Youth & Government

Step into the shoes of legislators and judges – it’s not just a simulation, it’s an experience! California YMCA Youth & Government welcomes teens from every corner of the state to dive into civic engagement. Develop a deep understanding of legislative intricacies, identify community issues, and hone the art of meaningful action. With roots in respect, honesty, and responsibility, we’re building leaders who impact their world.

Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

California YMCA Youth & Government is your platform for transformation. Uncover the inner workings of California’s Legislature, master the art of debate, and embrace your role in community change. More than an extracurricular, it’s a journey guided by caring mentors and driven by your passion. Join 1,300+ participants, representing 60+ delegations, in lively debates and impactful court cases. Are you ready to lead?

Elevate Your Influence: Join the Movement

Embark on a mission of leadership, advocacy, and personal growth. At California YMCA Youth & Government, you’re not just a student – you’re a changemaker. Connect with like-minded peers across the state, as you unravel legislative processes and discuss pressing issues. Our empowering program equips you with the tools to drive change and cultivate respect, responsibility, and attentive listening. Together, we’re shaping a brighter future.

Forge Your Legacy with Youth & Government

Discover the power within you to shape laws, challenge norms, and inspire communities. California YMCA Youth & Government empowers high school students with the knowledge and skills to navigate legislative intricacies and address local challenges. Led by mentors who embody our YMCA values, our program is your launchpad for leadership, social responsibility, and personal development. Join us on this remarkable journey!

Model Legislature & Court (MLC)

This program gives high school students throughout California an experiential learning opportunity  by modeling California’s legislature and courts. The program offers teen youth participants form around the state the opportunity to collaborate with others, make new friends, and build skills such as critical thinking, persuasive public speaking, writing and research.

Model United Nations Program

Middle school students or “delegates” come together to participate in this program with peers from across California. They are given the opportunity to discuss international issues, discover other cultures, develope life-enhancing skills, and make new friends. The three-month program includes two in-person conferences*, a 1-day training conference and the culminating 2-night Model United Nations Summit.

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