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Upcoming Youth and Government Session

Fall Session Dates: August 27 – February 25
Meets on Tuesdays at 7:00-8:30pm
Fees: $1,300 Facility Member, $1,400 Program Member
Financial assistance is available.
Click here for Youth & Government registration packet. 

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

Youth & Government meets at the Y on Tuesday evenings at 7pm. (August – February) They 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!

For more information contact Scott at or 805.686.2037 x224.

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