Middle School

2017 2018 NY Youth And Government Middle School Manual

How to Write a Bill NYS YMCA YAG

2016 YMCA Youth And Government Middle School Billbook

Presiding Officer Commitment Form (For Candidates)

New York Youth And Government (YAG) is a three-day experiential learning conference in which students participate directly in a simulation of the State’s democratic process. Acting as Senators and Assembly Members, students write, debate, and vote on legislation that affects them. Officers elected by students serve as Governor, Speaker of the Assembly, President of the Senate, and are appointed to other conference leadership positions. During the entire process students are supported by YMCA professionals, teachers, advisors, alumni, parents, and volunteers. YAG offers students the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of issues, develop critical thinking skills, and articulate their beliefs while engaging constructively with those who hold like and opposing views.

2016 Middle School Youth And Government Bills

#1 Baniya Cook, Sydney Robinson, and Haley Barnes representing Cleveland Hill

AN ACT TO : Teach drivers how to drive in hazardous weather.

#2 Caleb Nieves, Evan Lewandowski, and Nathaniel Godzola representing Cleveland Hill

AN ACT TO : Make election day a New York State holiday.

#3 Nurys Santiago, Ben Tobin representing Cleveland Hill

AN ACT TO : Rename Columbus Day- Indigenous People’s Day

#4 Madison Kulp, Abigail Hart, Kathryn Vittie and Maria Lesser representing Cleveland Hill

AN ACT TO : Mandate all minors under the age of eighteen who are placed in foster care system participate in group or individual counseling sessions in their community.

#5 Jason Schwartz, Emma Piccirillo representing Maple Avenue

AN ACT TO : Require a label to be placed on all genetically modified products.

#6 Kara Hausam, Francesca Marrapodi, Becca Los representing Maple Avenue

AN ACT TO : Provide the opportunity for students living below the poverty line to have access to healthy meals over periods of school inactivity.

#7 Will Braxton and Ethan Murphy representing Maple Avenue

AN ACT TO : Provide the opportunity for students living below the poverty line to have access to healthy meals over periods of school inactivity.

#8 Paul Sheehan and Liam Towne representing Maple Avenue

AN ACT TO : Eliminate corporate and state taxes for the first 10 years of start-up businesses.

#9 Kate Wimberly, Avery Bayse, Hannah McNally, and Brent Tucker representing Minerva

AN ACT TO : Amend New York State navigation law 71-d to mandate boat liveries to require boaters safety courses in order to rent a motorized vessel.

#10 Kayci Bigelow, Savannah Werner, Abbigail Coble, Avery Grusendorf representing Genesee Valley Central

AN ACT TO : Put breathalyzers at every public entrance and exit at a restaurant or bar that serves alcohol.

#11 Cody Platt, Riley Gordon, Keegan McKnight, and Ryley McKnight representing Genesee Valley Central

AN ACT TO : Make it mandatory for all school employees to have CPR-B training.

#12 Emera Aquila, Natalie Brodman, Sierra Burrows, and Sofia Marra representing Genesee Valley Central

AN ACT TO : To fix and make safer main roads for the state of New York

#13 Heather Moriarty, Miranda Cartwright, Jacob Gibson, Cesar Battle, Miguel Kunkle, Garrett Szulewski representing Keshequa Central

AN ACT TO : Make it so students loan debts are not as crippling to college graduates.

#14 Tyler Korsky, Ashlyn Maggs, Kyler Ripley, Ethan Smith representing Cohen

AN ACT TO : Mandate New York State schools have bullet proof windows and doors.

Youth And Government is a national government and politics program that promotes civic literacy as well as community service.

Legislation first proposed in Youth And Government now is seen in more than three hundred actual laws in states throughout the country, including those that:

  • Require signal lights at railroad crossings
  • Reclaim strip mined land
  • Hold 18 year olds responsible for contracts they sign
  • Create the white line on the side of the road
  • Establish “right turn on red”
  • Established Special Education
  • Provide for driver’s education
  • Promote campaign finance reform
  • Provide for medical malpractice reform.
  • Ratification of the 26thAmendment to the Constitution of the United States granting the vote to 18 year olds.