Founded in 1947, YMCA Youth Legislature provides opportunities for teens statewide to find their voice on the issues facing society today. Offered at Dale Turner Family YMCA students from 8th - 12th grade 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 Senators, Representatives, Lobbyists, Reporters or a Page they then go about researching and drafting creative policy solutions to community problems and engaging in service-oriented activities. Delegates learn and practice tolerance, understanding, and peer mentoring while putting to use real-world skills for a lifetime of civic involvement.
This program culminates when we go to the state capitol for 4 days for the 70th Youth Legislature where the students present their bills and run a Mock Legislative session presided over by students elected in a state wide election.