LA Y Teen Elected California Youth Governor

It was an exciting President’s Day weekend for our LA Y as, for the fifth year in a row, a YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles teen was elected Youth Governor of the California Youth & Government 69th Model Legislature & Court.  Among 3,500 statewide high school participants, Cole Cahill of our South Pasadena San Marino YMCA was elected by his peers to the highest office in the program. 

California YMCA Youth & Government’s Model Legislature & Court (MLC) has been a premier youth leadership and civic development program since 1948. A six-month, learn-by-doing course, MLC teaches the values of democracy by bringing together high school students from across the state to experience government first-hand. By writing, proposing, debating, budgeting and passing legislation, teens learn how to solve community problems through the democratic process within the settings of the State Senate Chambers, State Supreme Courthouse and Governor's Office.

As the 70th California Youth Governor, Cole succeeds 69th Youth Governor Ariana Trujillo of our East Valley Family YMCA, 68th Youth Governor Nicolas Gardner of San Pedro & Peninsula YMCA, and 67th Youth Governor Lena Gavenas of South Pasadena San Marino YMCA.  Westside Family YMCA’s Sam Leichenger was the first of our 5 consecutive LA Y delegates to win the California Youth Governor seat.

The LA Y was the single largest YMCA Association represented at the 69th Model Legislature & Court with more than 1,000 delegates in attendance. Marisa Shipley of our South Pasadena San Marino YMCA branch was also recognized as this year’s Advisor of the Year.