Youth & Government

Youth and Government®, a national YMCA program, empowers students from every corner of the U.S. by allowing them to learn about—and experience—government policies and methodologies firsthand.

This unique program comprises thousands of teens nationwide in state-organized, model-government programs. Participants immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement, debate issues that affect citizens in their state, and even propose legislation. The program culminates with teens serving as delegates at their state conference, debating bills on the legislature's floor.

Visit the California YMCA Youth & Government website.


Model Legislature & Court (MLC)

High School Students, Grades 9th-12th

MLC brings together more than 1,300 youth participants representing over 60 delegations across California. Delegates will convene weekly at local delegation meetings. The program will include in-person events in November and February that allow participants to put their training into action as they assume their given roles.

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Model United Nations (MUN)

Middle School Students, Grades 6th-8th

Students, or "ambassadors," come together in delegations and participate in the program with peers across California. They discuss international issues, discover other cultures, develop life-enhancing skills, and make new friends.

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