Youth & Government (Y&G) is an experiential learning program for high school students. By modeling California’s legislature and courts, participants have the opportunity to build skills such as critical thinking, persuasive speech and writing, project management, and collaboration. Our program is rooted in the YMCA’s core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility, and believes in the importance of servant leadership and media literacy to a healthy democracy.
Our goal is to grow the next generation of civically engaged Californians. Civically engaged Californians recognize the importance of:
The program is offered through the collaborative effort of 6 Northern California YMCA Associations. Participants meet weekly with their local delegations and roughly once per month as a collective group from September through March. Due to Covid-19 all programming for the 2020-2021 year will be virtual.
November 8 | December 13 | January 10 | February 28 | March 6 and 7
Fees: $250.00 – Financial Assistance is available
Learn about each of our active delegations below!