Founded in 1947, YMCA Youth Legislature provides opportunities for teens statewide to find their
voice on the issues facing society today. Offered in local YMCA’s, schools, and community groups statewide, students are empowered to address concerns in their communities while building a better understanding of the “shades of gray” that dominate adult life.
Students explore the meaning of civics and democracy in our nation by assuming the roles of various Washington State elected officials, researching and drafting creative policy solutions to community problems and engaging in service-oriented activities. Delegates learn and practice tolerance, understanding, and peer mentorship while putting to use real-world skills for a lifetime of civic involvement.