Youth & Government at the Y

Upcoming Youth & Government

Open to all high schoolers!

A hero’s journey has to start somewhere. Join YMCA Youth & Government and make the change you want to see in the world.

  • Draft a bill that your fellow delegates will debate on the Senate floor in Sacramento.
  • Over 50 including roles in news and media, legal proceedings, political parties, legislative assembly, and more!

Make your voice heard and debate topics that affect the country today.

Program dates
Program runs from September 19 – February 17

Weekly Meetings
Thursdays 6:30pm-8:00pm

Conference Dates: 


Youth & Government at the YMCA

Youth & Government provides outstanding educational and social experiences for your teen. Your teen will build and strengthen positive character traits and life skills. Teens will also strengthen their communities by becoming active and responsible contributors who are inspired to lead and empowered to create meaningful change.

Our participants experience government first-hand and work with others to solve community problems through discussion and debate. This six-month learn-by-doing experience brings together a cross-section of local and statewide high school students to discuss issues and practice real democracy.

Participating in Y&G can be a life-changing experience and benefits include:

  • Leadership development
  • Public speaking
  • Research and writing
  • Values and teamwork
  • Critical thinking
  • Greater understanding of civic engagement
  • Addressing issues on statewide and national levels

Delegates will prepare for conferences held in November and January at the Fresno Convention Center and ultimately an exciting trip to the State Capital in Sacramento where participants take the floor!

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