Model Legislature and Court

The LA Y is proud to feature the largest Youth & Government (Y&G) delegation in the country and we couldn’t be prouder that, for the last five years, a YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles delegate was elected to represent the state of California as Youth Governor. Cole Cahill of the South Pasadena San Marino YMCA was sworn-in as the 70th Youth Governor on February 19, 2017. 

Youth & Government’s Model Legislature & Court (MLC) is designed for high school students who are interested in learning more about our governmental process. This unique program allows teens to experience democracy first-hand by debating issues, writing bills, playing the roles of real government officials, attending a statewide conference and even running for elected office.

The most amazing part of the Y&G experience is the 6-month program culminates in our State Capitol during President’s Day weekend. Members of our state government step aside and allow our teen delegates to take over, using the historic halls, chambers and offices of our State Capitol, Supreme Court and Governor’s Office.

More than 4,000 high school students throughout California participate in Y&G. Just imagine the life-changing effect this immersive, exciting and hands-on experience will have on your teen!

For more information on our Y&G program, contact your local Y.

Preparing the leaders of tomorrow – today.