Youth & Government

Training & Elections I

Nov. 10th - 12th, 2017
Fresno, CA

Training & Elections II

Jan. 13th - 15th, 2018
Fresno, CA

Model Legislature

Feb. 15th - 18th, 2018
Sacramento, CA



Youth & Government

Youth and Government is a program for High School students designed to give them a hands-on experience learning about State Government. During the program, students will debate ideas, write a Legislative Bill, argue a court case, and meet new people from across the state. Students will also have an opportunity to run for elected offices and apply for other leadership positions. The 90 YMCAs who participate in Youth and Government meet for 2 weekend conferences for training and to elect officers. In February, all 2000 students take over the State Capital buildings and Court Rooms for a 5 day Model Legislature and Court.

Students meet every Tuesday at 6:30pm, beginning September 12th, 2017

Meetings are held at The Family YMCA of the Desert, 43-930 San Pablo Avenue, Palm Desert

Students will act as:
  • Pages
  • Lobbyists
  • Trial Attorneys
  • Assembly Members
  • State Board of Education
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  • Senators
  • Court Justices
  • Media Reporters
  • Political Party Members
  • National Issues Commissioners