Welcome to Texas Youth and Government
Our program brings the workings of state government alive to students. It creates an opportunity for students to discuss current state issues with state administrators, elected officials, and students from high schools and YMCAs throughout the state.
Each conference is led by teens elected to office by their fellow delegates. Texas provides facilities and volunteers from various state departments who act as resources for the students while they debate the issues. The volunteers help guide the students through mock committee meetings. Students debate and vote on the bills that their fellow delegates have written and presented. Bills that pass in committee are then taken to the floor of the House or Senate for full debate and vote.
Students also have the opportunity to get hands on experience with the court systems. Each year, students argue a criminal case, in both judicial trial courts and in appellate courts.
Though there some programs that may offer similar learning opportunities, the YMCA Texas YG program is the most comprehensive offering judicial, legislative, issues, Model United Nations, and journalism (including print, social media and TV broadcast) sections all teaching youth to be informed citizens and future servant leaders of our nation. The program provides a legislative foundation for our middle school students. Our program aims to not be exclusive to a select group but to be inclusive to any student who has an interest and wants to participate. We will find the section that best fits for the student so they can have a positive learning experience.
MISSION: To help teenagers become responsible citizens and future leaders of our nation.
GOAL: To create an environment in which students can increase their political awareness and understanding, while learning the meaning of social action through an actual experience in government.