Youth and Government

YMCA Youth And Government is a 3-day experiential learning program in which students serve as part of a model state government, taking over the chambers of the New York State Senate and Assembly to debate bills they and their peers have written. Students are offered the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of issues, develop critical thinking skills, and articulate their beliefs while engaging constructively with their peers from around the State.

The Middle School Program is for 6th-8th graders across New York state and takes place in November, while the High School Program has 2 separate opportunities, in both March and November.