Youth & Government
Teaching democratic values and skills to youth through hands-on experiences.
Youth & Government is dedicated to transforming lives through civic engagement and education. We empower teens to find their voice and develop the leadership skills to be active and engaged servant leaders.
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Youth Legislature participants work all year to learn parliamentary procedure and write their own legislation that is later presented to other delegates during a state-wide conference. Teens develop confidence, hone skills in writing, research and public speaking, and better understand their power as citizens in a democratic society. More than 200 youth from Washington participate in the conference each year!
This program is open to students in grades 8-12.
Every youth deserves the benefits of quality programs and family financial situations should not be a barrier to this. Financial assistance is available. We also offer payment plans and opportunities to fundraise.
2022-23 Program Fee: $550
2023-23 Program Fee: Available in October
Delegations meet weekly, both in-person and virtually and are open to all teens who want to learn more about the program. To stay in the loop about the 2023-2024 school year, please use this form or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!
The 2024 Washington State Conference program dates have yet to be determined. Learn more about the Washington State Youth Legislature program.
The YMCA of Greater Seattle does not host a mock trial team, however many local schools and organizations in our King and south Snohomish county service area do! Please learn more via the Washington Youth & Government website.
Boys, Girls, and All Gender Outdoor Leadership (BOLD & GOLD) expeditions inspire youth ages 11 to 18 to be their most courageous and confident selves as they explore some of the most beautiful and natural places in the Pacific Northwest.
Teen Global Programs are designed to develop international understanding, leadership skills, and cultural competency as well as provide service learning opportunities for teens ages 14-17.