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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.

Registration is now open for the 2023 Annual Conference.

Conference Registration

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

Youth and Government is a nationwide civic program that prepares high school students for moral and political leadership. Students join local clubs or delegations. Each club, or delegation, works together throughout the school year to learn about the legislative and judicial process.

Delegations typically meet weekly. Delegations attend the North Carolina Youth Legislature Conference.  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. 

Program Competencies

  • Gain knowledge of government structures, democratic process, and how to create public policy 
  • Develop confidence and critical thinking skills through leadership development
  • Expand awareness of societal issues, career & networking opportunities 
  • Enhance communication skills through opportunities for debate, public speaking, and writing. 

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Contact

For more information about NC YMCA Youth and Government, contact Amber McClure.

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