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YMCA Youth & Government

NC YMCA Youth & Government

Youth and Government is a nationwide civic program that prepares high school students for moral and political leadership.

Through local YMCAs and schools, Youth and Government empowers high-school students from every corner of the U.S. by giving them the opportunity to learn about and experience government policies firsthand with a goal of understanding how to be changemakers and improve their communities. Throughout the school year, participants immerse themselves in civic engagement and learning through their local club delegation which culminates at the model-government state conference.

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

North Carolina YMCA Youth & Government is a club-based program run by the YMCA and hosted at area YMCAs and high schools. The program serves students in grades 9 - 12 and is offered throughout North Carolina. Each club, or delegation, works together throughout the school year to learn about the legislative and judicial process. 

Delegations typically meet weekly. Find the delegation nearest to you.

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 | Minneapolis, MN

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. 

If you're the parent of a teen interested in NC YMCA Youth & Government, visit the link below to sign up for more information.

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For more information about NC YMCA Youth and Government, contact Kate Gross