Building values-based leadership and civic engagement in California’s youth is important to me. That is why I am proud to volunteer for California YMCA Youth & Government. California YMCA Youth & Government has provided outstanding statewide educational and social experiences to close to 100,000 middle and high school youth for more than 65 years.
As many of you know, I have been a member of Y&G, in the Da Vinci Delegation, since my freshman year. I am fortunate enough to have the amazing opportunity to participate in California Mock Legislature and Court, but many individuals do not get the chance to have this experience. I do not believe that money should stand in the way of students and the amazing experiences I have had because of Y&G. I am asking you to donate as much as you can to help give students the opportunity to participate in Youth & Government.
All the money donated goes directly to students in need of financial aid. The program typically costs around $1,000 to $1,500 per year. Obviously not every student can afford this, and that’s where you come in. This is my second year participating in FLC, this year being a team captain of youth division 5, and I have definitely seen the huge impact this campaign has on the Youth & Government program. I know many delegates that are on financial aid, and I can also see the passion they have for Y&G and how grateful they are to be apart of the program.
Together we can achieve so much more. Every gift makes a difference, even if it seems small. Everyone has a role to play. Please join me and give today.
Also, here’s some cool, interesting facts about Y&G and Y&G students:
- California YMCA Youth & Government serves over 5,000 high school and middle school students statewide each year.
- California YMCA Youth & Government was honored by the White House in 2013 as a CHAMPION OF CHANGE because of the program’s successful work in youth development.
- Last year student delegates in the state of California received scholarships totaling $200,000.
- Students who join Youth & Government are 88% more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree.
- Youth & Government alumni are 30% more likely to register to vote.