Democracy Must Be Learned By Each Generation
Youth & Government is a national program of the Y that involves thousands of teens nationwide in state-organized, model-government programs. Students from every corner of the U.S. have the opportunity to immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement and to, quite literally, practice democracy. Teens from across every state meet in their local Youth and Government groups throughout the year to discuss and debate issues that affect citizens of their state and to propose legislation. The program culminates with teens serving as delegates at their state conference, debating bills on the floor of the legislature.
At the Merrimack Valley YMCA, the goal is to provide opportunities for all kids and adults to participate in our programs. In order to provide these opportunities to all youth across the Merrimack Valley, we reach out to individuals, businesses and organizations for support. Please consider making a contribution so we can ensure all teens can participate in this program.
To make a donation please click the link below. If one of our delegates invited you to support this program, simply type their name in the Dedicate This Donation field. Thank you for your support of this important teen leadership program.Donate To Youth & Govt
Youth & Government is a model legislative program for teens in grades 9-12. Students prepare to go toe to toe with other kids from all over the state in a model legislative conference at the end of the year held at the MA State House in Boston. Delegates will spend the weekend presenting and helping to judge the passing of their bills and the bills of fellow students!
There are many ways to participate in Youth & Government. Delegates choose to represent one of three government branches (Legislative, Judicial, Executive). Each branch focuses on delivering impact according to the branch they represent. Whether you are interested in debating or prefer to research, write and report, Youth & Government has a place for everyone!