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.

Y&G2Who can participate?

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:

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Bulletin 1 – Intent to participate

Bulletin 2 – Pre-Legislative Assembly

Bulletin 3 – Oregon YMCA Youth & Government Annual Conference


Program Resources:

Bill Templates

Program Handbook

Delegate Workbook

Declaration of Candidacy – Officer Application

Standing Rules of Procedure

2017 Program Report

2018 Program Report

2019 Program Report

YMCA Youth and Government National Study Report

Registration Details: Youth and Government registration fee includes 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, Thursday and Friday dinner,awards, a Youth and Government shirt, transportation from the hotel to the Capitol if needed, and program materials. (Lunches are on your own). Advisors registration includes the above at no cost, however registration is required. Additional lodging and meals are included for Advisors and Officers. For more information, please contact the YMCA Youth and Government State Director,

Marisa Fink at 541-440-9622 x 203 or by email:

Our Supporters:

Michael and Judy Hall