WHAT IS YOUTH & GOVERNMENT?
A nation-wide YMCA program in which students learn the mechanics of government and the media by participating in hands-on activities in their club at their school or local YMCA. Texas Youth & Government
HOW DO WE PARTICIPATE IN YG?
- Ask your local YMCA to do a presentation at your school
- Engage a dedicated adult advisor
- Begin a club with your local YMCA
- Prepare, practice and participate!
*Financial Assistance & Income Based Club fees are available
WHY PARTICIPATE IN YG?
YG is a life-changing program.
Students gain the following from YG:
- Leadership and Public Speaking Skills
- Empathy and Diplomacy
- Stronger work ethic
- Value of voting and volunteering
- Organized decision making skills
- New friends and important life-long connections
- A better understanding of the workings of government
For your students, YG also helps enhance academic and UIL performance, as well as already existing clubs such as Media, Debate and World Affairs, Mock Trial and more.
YG PROGRAM EVENTS:
District Conference – Dallas, December
Students compete against local students in their chosen area.
State Conference – Austin, January (High School) & February (Middle School)
Students compete against students from across the state in their chosen area.
Conference On National Affairs – Blue Ridge, North Carolina, June/July
Top 25 selected students in the state write about and debate national and international issues that are important to them with students from across the nation.
National Mock Trial Competition – Chicago, July
Top teams from State Conference are selected and compete against other teams from around the nation.
2017 Award Winners
Congratulations to all our Distinguished Delegates 2017!
See Middle School Award Results HERE.
High School Awards BELOW
Allen Mason and Victoria Quintanilla, Creekview High School, Top Defense Attorneys, District
Kate Smitherman and Madison Cabrera, Creekview High School - #2 ranked Appellate Team
Simon Pena and Joanna Boyer, Creekview High School - #3 ranked Appellate Team
Outstanding Club Delegates: Afrida Raman, Coppell HS and Kate Smitherman, Creekview HS
Grand Prairie YMCA
Abrianna Rhodes and Alexis Rhodes, Outstanding Chair/Clerk Team – State Affairs
Outstanding Club Delegates: Alexis Rhodes, S. Grand Prairie HS
Outstanding Club Delegates: Lizette Cavazos, Jack E. Singley Academy
Premier Delegation: Jack E. Singley Academy
J.E.R. Chilton YMCA
Christian Giadalor, Rockwall Heath High School, Distinguished Delegate – State Affairs
Jared Tucker, Rockwall Heath High School, Distinguished Delegate – State Affairs
Outstanding Club Delegates: Christian Giadaolor, Rockwall=-Heath & Grace Nelms, Rockwall HS
Premier Delegation: Rockwall Heath High School
McKenzy Smith, Boyd High School, Bill passed, vetoed & Outstanding Statesman
Shea Berthelot, Boyd High School, Bill signed into law & Distinguished Delegate - House
Julia Bowers, Boyd High School, Bill signed into law & Distinguished Delegate – Hyde House
Lexi Thorson, Boyd High School, Distinguished Delegate – Senate
Michael Brown, Boyd High School, Distinguished Delegate – House
Rajpal Bal, Boyd High School, Distinguished Delegate - House
Arjun Dodanari, Imagine International, Distinguished Delegate – Hyde Senate
Analisa Gutierrez, Boyd High School, Distinguished Delegate – Hyde House
Imagine/Boyd schools - #8 ranked District Court team
Outstanding Club Delegates: Nicolas Noble, Boyd HS, Alvi Rahman, Imagine International & Isabelle Couture, McKinney YMCA
Premier Delegation: Boyd High School & Imagine International
JBS Law Magnet - #5 ranked County Court team
Outstanding Club Delegates: Margaret Leos, JBS Law Magnet
Premier Delegation: JBS Law Magnet @ Townview
Oak Cliff YMCA
Kennedi Ford, Duncanville High School, Distinguished Delegate – House
Sebastiane Caballes, Duncanville High School, Distinguished Delegate – Hyde House
Naomi Sanchez, Duncanville High School, Distinguished Delegate – State Affairs
Cederia Lewis, #3 ranked District Court judge
Outstanding Club Delegates: Richel Murata, Duncanville HS & Eric Adejuwon, Desoto HS
Premier Delegation: Desoto High School, Duncanville High School
Moody Family YMCA
Calder Sinak, Distinguished Delegate – Governor’s Cabinet
Karen Chen, Highland Park High School, Distinguished Delegate – State Affairs
Lucy Hagenbuch, Highland Park High School, Distinguished Delegate – State Affairs
Highland Park High School - #5 ranked District Court Team
Outstanding Club Delegates: Yash Pathak, Highland Park HS
Premier Delegation: Highland Park High School
Morgyn Harper, Palestine High School, Distinguished Delegate – House
Outstanding Club Delegates: Morgyn Harper, Palestine HS, Tanna Adams, Westwood HS
Nikhil Jalla, Liberty High School, Bill signed into law
Poorvaja Kolli, Liberty High School, Distinguished Delegate - House
Justin Lee, House Distinguished Delegate, Liberty High School
Ansh Samdaria, Hyde House Distinguished Delegate & Outstanding Bill, Liberty High School
#3 Moot Court Team - Plano YAG (Hao, Yang), Liberty High School
Outstanding Club Delegates: Akash Baskaran, Liberty HS
JP Dostalik, Richardson Home School, Distinguished Delegate – State Affairs
Noble Gutierrez, Richardson Home School, Distinguished Delegate – State Affairs Outstanding Club Delegate: Matthew Considine
Premier Delegation: Richardson Home School
Town North YMCA
Jonas Chase Woods, Bill signed into law
Athena Bruess, Ursuline Academy, Distinguished Delegate - House
Vi Anh Hoang, Ursuline Academy, Distinguished Delegate – State Affairs
Outstanding Club Delegates: Daniel Westra, Episcopal School of Dallas
Premier Delegation: Episcopal School of Dallas
White Rock YMCA
Liam Mahagan, Lakeview Centennial, Bill signed into law & Distinguished Delegate - Senate
Taylor Enslin, Sachse High School, Bill signed into law & Distinguished Delegate - House
Caitlyn Ballard and Mitchell Zadnick, Sachse High School – Outstanding Clerk/Chair Team
Bethany Bass, Garland High School, Distinguished Delegate – House
Melissa Perez, Lakeview Centennial, Distinguished Delegate – State Affairs
Lakeview Centennial High School - #10 ranked District Court Team
Outstanding Club Delegates: Alex Pettigrew, Garland HS; Trevor Newman, Lakeview Centennial; Caitlyn Ballard, Sachse HS; Cesar Carlos, Skyline HS; Justice Dickson, North Garland HS,
Premier Delegation: Lakehill Preparatory
Youth & Government
Democracy must be learned by each generation. YMCA Youth & Government is a statewide civic education and leadership program in which schools, civic organizations and Ys involve kids in hands-on learning experiences.
YMCA Youth and Government allows middle and high school students to experience the excitement of our state government in action.
Students meet regularly as a club during the fall semester and throughout the year. Each club consists of participating students and an adult sponsor (usually a teacher) and is guided and supported by YMCA staff and volunteers. Students choose to participate in one of four areas: legislative, judicial, media, or state affairs forum. Model United Nations in also an option.
In November, clubs compete at District Conference, and the top individuals and teams advance to the State Conferences in January and February in Austin. Model United Nations Assembly takes place in April.
Conferences and Competitions
DISTRICT 5 CONFERENCE
Culminating event for over 1,000 participants in the Dallas Metro area to demonstrate their skills and compete in debate, mock trial, moot court and journalism.
Dallas Youth and Government District Conference
November 18, 2017
Duncanville High School
900 W Camp Wisdom Rd, Duncanville, TX 75110
FEE: $60; some branch and club fees may apply
HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE? Contact Jenna Struble
See list of PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS / YMCA's to see if your school or local Y participates.
TEXAS YOUTH AND GOVERNMENT STATE CONFERENCE
Join other passionate high school students from around the state to demonstrate your skills and compete in debate, mock trial, moot court and journalism. Make friends and discover something new about yourself!
High School End of January 2018, Dates coming soon!
See this years election results and award winners
JUNIOR YG STATE CONFERENCE
Get together with other middle school students from around the state to demonstrate your skills and compete in debate. Grow, learn and make friends in a safe and caring environment!
Middle School State Conference End of February 2018, stay tuned for dates and details