Youth & Government (Y&G) is a model legislature and court program available to youth grades 9-12. Modeled after the California legislature, Y&G offers high school students the ability to learn and actively participate in a mock government. Delegates learn how to write and debate bills, proposals, and budgets, argue civil and criminal court cases, and even write a statewide constitution. Delegates have the opportunity to run for various positions, including a youth governor, whom we all vote for. Among the many things Y&G teaches are the importance of voting, civic engagement, the functions of government, and advocacy and leadership skills.
Like almost every other kid, Youth & Government has helped me use my voice, but for someone who has always been passionate about government and public speaking, Y&G has strengthened my knowledge of and deepened my love for them . There is no program I am more enthusiastic and passionate about than Y&G. Youth & Government has taught me about the importance of voting and civic engagement; I use the skills I've learned from Y&G in my everyday life: I can speak comfortably in front of hundreds of people, I know how to advocate for myself and others, I've started a school-wide voter registration drive, and I can hold respectful political discussions with adults (which comes in handy during the holidays!).
This past summer, I got to travel to Chicago, IL to represent California in the National Judicial Competition (NJC). I strengthened my mock trial skills, and competed against delegates from across the United States. My team placed 9th in the nation, and was overall the highest-ranked CA team. I gained so many amazing friends, memories and knowledge about the US legal system. Luckily the YMCA granted financial aid, otherwise I would not have been able to go.
I've always been a scholarship kid. I wanted to give back to the program which has been so generous to me. Without scholarships and financial aid from the YMCA, I would not be able to participate in Y&G. Your donation gives kids like me an amazing opportunity to find their voice, learn leadership and civic engagement skills, and make lifetime friends. Finances should not be a barrier for any child who wants to particiapte. Civic engagement and leadership skills shouldn't have a price.
100% of the funds raised will go towards scholarship funding. All donations are tax deductible! Your donation makes a difference. Please join me and give today.