At the Y, we’re for youth development and we believe that an excellent way to foster growth in our community’s children is to allow students to experience our state government in action with the Youth and Government program.
Youth and Government is a statewide civic education and leadership development program in which YMCAs, schools, and community organizations involve students in hands-on learning experiences. YMCA Youth and Government allow middle and high school students to experience the excitement of our state government, both legislative and judicial, in action.
Students meet regularly as a club through the school year beginning in September. Each club consists of participating students and is led by YMCA staff and volunteers. The Youth and Government year is broken down below:
|September||Clubs reorganize for the year and restart their regular meetings|
|October||Club Officers attend Servant Leader Training|
|December/January||Bill writing continues, selection of those wishing to be a lawyer for the Judicial Program is made within the club.|
|February||Pre-Legislative Convention is held – students test run their bills so they can refine.|
|April||Model Legislature is held at the State Capital – students from across the state come to present their bill on the House and Senate Floors. Those participating in the Judicial Program argue their cases in front of the student State Supreme Court.|
East Shore YMCA
Participants meet every Wednesday 7:00-8:30PM September-December, then every Wednesday 7:00-9:00PM January-April at Central Dauphin East Middle School. Current club members include students from Central Dauphin, Central Dauphin East, Susquehanna Township and Harrisburg Academy.
For more information, please contact the East Shore YMCA.
Northern Dauphin County YMCA
Students meet regularly as a club through the school year beginning in September. Each club consists of participating students and is led by YMCA staff and volunteers.
Participants meet every other Wednesday 6:00-7:30 pm at the Northern Dauphin Y in Elizabethville. Current club members include students from Millersburg, Upper Dauphin and Halifax.
For more information about Northern Dauphin’s Youth and Government club contact the Northern Dauphin County YMCA.