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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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Learn more about the Youth and Government programs offered in Kansas and the YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs (CONA) by visiting the Kansas Youth and Government website.

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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.

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.

Youth and Government Alumni

Were you in Youth and Government when you were in high school? We would love to hear from you! To learn more about becoming an alumni member, please contact us at 913.345.9622 or send an email.