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 Program Description



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 how individuals much work together to make change.

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.







Welcome potential, new and returning advisors!  You are joining an organization that believes we can influence lasting social change by working together to invest in a brighter future.

Below are a variety of resources to assist you in recruiting, budgeting, fundraising and planning your year. If you have additional questions do not hesitate to contact the Y&G office.

Thank you for taking the first step to teach democracy to the next generation of leaders in our communities.


 Activities & Resources


​YMCA Youth & Government has a multitude of resources to ensure that adults and students alike have the greatest opportunity for success. Check them out today! 


Values Continuum

Human Bingo

Why must democracy be learned by each generation?

How do you define democracy?

Significance of Individuals to a Movement

Civics Jeopardy

Youth Legislature Quiz

Youth & Government Jeopardy


The Voting Game

Government & Economics: The Ties that Bind

Town Conflict

Special Interests & Public Policy


Debate Cheat Sheet

Hot Seat


Federalist No 10

Democracy in America Timeline

The US Constitution

The Washington State Constitution

The Declaration of Independence

Sample Letter for Legislators

Glossary of Civics Terms

Revised Code of Washington (RCW) Website

SERVANT LEADERSHIP                   

Service Learning

Servant Leadership

Planning Service Learning Projects

Core Democratic Values


YMCA Youth & Government, in partnership with the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), offer opportunities for students to recieve credit for their participation in Youth Legislature.

Learn more at the OSPI website or download the Civics Based Assessment.








October 15 

Advisor Training (West)

​​Capitol Campus, Olympia

November 19​

Advisor Training (East)  ESD 101, Spokane

 December 31

CONA Applications Due

January 15


Financial Assistance &
Governor's Cabinet Applications Due 


February 13​

Registration & Bill Submission Opens 

March 15​

YMCA Advocacy Day Capitol Campus, Olympia

March 19​

Registration & Bill Submission Closes 


April 21-22​

Leadership Training 

Olympia Lion, Olympia 

May 3-6

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Youth Legislature