Youth & Government

Teen Leadership Program

Guided by the motto Democracy Must Be Learned By Each Generation, YMCA Youth & Government builds values-based leadership and civic engagement in Anaheim’s youth in order to strengthen participation in our democracy.

Youth & Government is an integral part of the YMCA movement. Across California, the program engages middle school and high school youth each year in programs emphasizing civic involvement. Our efforts build, strengthen and encourage life assets and positive character traits.

Each year, more than 3,000 student delegates, representing 100 California YMCAs, meet in Sacramento to experience political life first-hand. The program builds self-confidence and public speaking skills.

The hands-on programs of Youth & Government provide positive opportunities and experiences for youth. Participants strengthen their communities by becoming active and responsible contributors who are inspired to lead and become empowered to create meaningful change.

During this year-long leadership program, a group of Anaheim students team up to write a bill, conduct research, lobby for votes, hold mock elections, and debate their bill on the Senate and Assembly floors at our State Capitol. Youth & Government is the only youth program allowed to use state legislative and judicial chambers.

Participants meet Tuesday Nights from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the YMCA Main Office.

Program cost: $1150 (some additional travel costs not included)
Weekly meetings begin Sept. 4th, 2018 and continue through mid February at the YMCA main office
240 S. Euclid St., Anaheim

[us_testimonial author=”Jackie Gonzalez” company=”Y&G Alumna” img=”4267″]You have a voice and you are important. That single sentence represents my entire 6 month long adventure with Youth & Government. This program has ultimately led me to pursue a career in Political Science and expand my knowledge of not only our nation’s government and perception of Democracy, but also of other countries as well. I was taught that if you’ve got an opinion, then you’ve got a voice loud enough to be heard. Youth & Government is life-changing and it served as a game changer in my life and aspirations.


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