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California YMCA Youth & Government program   


Youth and Government is a model legislature and court program for high school students that provides them with the opportunity to experience government first-hand and to learn how to solve community problems through democratic process. Students learn how to write bills and "find their voice" as they debate with their peers from all over the state of California.

Students will also develop leadership skills and make lifelong friends while attending three statewide conferences in this six month program. They will gain confidence in their public speaking abilities, and meet lawyers and assemblymen who are currently in office.

Every February, 3,000 high school students from across California converge in Sacramento to take over the State Capitol and run the government for five whole days. Yes - the real Capitol, in the real buildings where laws are actually made. It’s called Youth & Government, and you can be a part of it!

OK, so obviously the laws these students pass don’t go into effect, but the experience is all real. Y&G is a model legislature extracurricular that gives teens a one-of-a-kind, hands-on opportunity to learn about government. Students build lifelong skills, make new friends, meet real politicians, and of course it looks great on a college app or resume.

Weekly meetings at the Burbank YMCA.


Program Highlights:

  • Two trips to Fresno & a 5-day trip to Sacramento to work in the real Senate, Assembly, and Supreme Court chambers of the State Capital.
  • Pick your job or run for office: be a judge, lawyer, reporter, senator or even Youth Governor
  • Research, write, debate and pass your own bills. You solve the state’s problems!
  • Meet with real CA senators, assembly persons, and judges.
  • Make friends from all over the state during dances, games, the Governor’s banquet & other fun events

For more information, contact Aileen Flores at 818.562.5461 or visit