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YMCA Youth and Government is a nationwide civic engagement and servant leadership program that provides students in high school with the opportunity to represent and serve their communities through model government, leadership, professional development, advocacy and service learning.

Students can join Youth & Government through a local delegation found in their high school or local YMCA.

Important Dates


  • Sept. 13: Applications Open | Scholarship, Candidate, Budget, Legislative Support, Lobbyist, Mock Trial, Media


  • Oct. 1: 2022 Youth and Government Conference Registration Opens


YMCA NC Youth and Government is for high school teens in grades 9 - 12.


The YMCA of the Triangle hosts Youth and Government delegations at area YMCAs. High Schools across the state also host delegations. Delegations typically meet weekly. Find the delegation nearest to you.

North Carolina Youth & Government Program Highlights

NC YMCA Youth & Government delegates have the opportunity to participate throughout the academic school year and also apply for two options in the summer. 

The Youth Legislature Conference | Raleigh, NC

Held annually in February, this conference brings students together from across the state to experience the governmental process first-hand through a youth-run and youth-led model. During this weekend experience, students participate as legislative, judicial or media delegates

Conference on National Affairs | Black Mountain, NC

This week-long summer conference offers opportunities for Youth & Government participants to do research in areas of national and international concern, and to organize their findings into documented proposals. They engage in discussions and debate these proposals with students from around the country.

National Judicial Competition | Chicago, IL

The YMCA National Judicial Competition is held each summer. This program is a combination of Mock Trial and Appellate (Moot Court) events as well as opportunities to meet other students from across the country who share a passion for Youth and Government and the judicial system. The competitions take place at the Chicago Bar Association and the Chicago Federal Courthouse.


For more information about NC YMCA Youth and Government, contact Leigh Dauchert or call 336-688-1706.