Youth & Government
Welcome to the Oregon YMCA Youth and Government page!
What is Youth and Government all about?
- The program is an annual 3-day intensive educational experience unlike any other. It allows students to practice parliamentary procedure and actively participate in a mock legislative process.
- YMCA Youth and Government started in Oregon in the 1940’s as an activity of YMCA Teen Programs. Since the 1960’s, it has operated through the schools with teacher-advisors organizing delegations in over 35 high schools.
- YMCA Youth and Government offers opportunities for teens to get involved in their communities and learn how to make their voices heard about issues that are important to them.
- As a YMCA program, Youth and Government focuses on the core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, civic engagement, and fun.
High school students in grades 9-12. Adult advisers can be YMCA staff, teachers or volunteers. Alumni of the program also volunteer to serve in various ways as well.
How much time does it take?
Usually, several hours of measure prep and parliamentary procedure practice per month leading up to the conference. All delegates participate in all-day state pre-Legislative Training on a Saturday in January. The Conference is held in February over three days from Thursday morning until Saturday afternoon, at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem.
Scholarships are available, download the Financial-Assistance-Application.
General information can be found here:
Bulletin 2 – Pre-Legislative Assembly
Bulletin 3 – Oregon YMCA Youth & Government Annual Conference
For more information, please contact the YMCA Youth and Government State Director,
Marisa Fink at 541-440-9622 x 203 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael and Judy Hall