California YMCA Youth & Government has provided outstanding statewide educational and social experiences to close to 100,000 middle and high school youth for 70 years.
I was one of those youth. I have been involved with the program since I was a youth delegate in 1982 and truly appreciate the difference it has made in my life both personally and professionally. I still vividly remember my first experience in public speaking, on the floor of the California State Assembly! Once I got over my nerves, I realized how empowering it was to speak up and share my ideas in a public forum and how important it is to be involved in making change in my community.
Now, more than ever, the motto of this program rings true: "Democracy must be learned by each generation".
Together we can achieve so much more. Every gift makes a difference. Everyone has a role to play. Please give to this worthy cause today to make it possible for a diverse population of students to learn through this experience.