Civic Engagement & Education

For over 70 years, Youth & Government has been dedicated to transforming lives through civic engagement and education. We empower teens to find their voice and develop the skills needed to fulfill their potential. 

Strengthen Communities

The future success of our communities rests in the hands of the next generation. By nurturing innovation, fostering a sense of responsibility, and building leadership skills we ensure our future leaders will be active and engaged servant leaders.

Empower Teens

Youth & Government teens are leaders in their communities. They sit on boards, volunteer in schools, and educate their friends and neighbors about local issues. They know they have a voice and understand the importance of sharing their opinions and ideas.

Learn More About Our Programs

Youth Legislature

Middle and High School teens participate in a mock legislature, taking on the roles of representatives and senators in Olympia. Throughout session, teens gain a valuable civic education while honing skills in public speaking, research, and debate. Our delegates learn about the variety of views and issues around Washington State as they discuss solutions and alternatives to problems facing their own communities.

Mock Trial

In Mock Trial, teens work with legal professionals in their community to develop an understanding of real life case law and the role of the court system in a democratic society. As part of a competitive team, students will work through a civil or criminal case while developing caring relationships with their peers, gaining skills in oral advocacy, research and critical thinking.

National Programs

National YMCA Youth & Government conferences and competitions offer opportunities for students to represent their state, meet and learn from peers, and discuss and debate topics of national and international interest.