Youth and Government™ is a national program of the Y that involves thousands of teens nationwide in state-organized, model-government programs.
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Depending on your time availability, there are various opportunities to volunteer. From starting a Youth and Government club, helping with setup at the conference or preparing youth to speak publicly, there is something for everyone. If you are interested in having this program in your school or you want to be an advisor, contact us.
Kansas YMCA Youth & Government
Kansas YMCA Youth and Government is a statewide, youth led, civic engagement program for high school students. It is an exciting hands-on experience in the mechanics of the state legislative process of government along with cyber and broadcast media.
Students across the state of Kansas participate in their local District programs and culminate the experience in a three-day state conference in Topeka. For more information to get involved, call 913.345.9622.
In Youth and Government, youth delegates will:
- Study and debate public issues
- Write a legislative bill
- Participate in a Youth Legislature
- Produce the State Youth and Government news broadcast
- Maintain and update the State Youth and Government blog and social media
Each year high school students from across the state assemble in Topeka for the Kansas Youth and Government State Conference. Together students create a legislative experience that approximates the real assembly in the chambers of the Kansas Capital. Students participate in legislative committees and present their bills in the chambers of the Senate or the House of Representatives.
Students discover how bills are passed, vote on candidates, acquire skills for tough debates, improve public speaking and understand the coalition building process. All of these concepts allow individuals to develop leadership qualities that will follow them throughout their careers and the rest of their lives.