We are very proud of the accomplishments of the alumni of California YMCA Youth & Government. Several hold or have held elected offices (most notably: Jim Brulte, Dario Frommer, Darrell Steinberg, John Laird, and Bruce Bronzan). A number of others built on their program experiences and now work in government-related professions or were inspired to pursue legal or educational careers, however, regardless of career path our alumni continue to be impressive examples of what is learned through participation in California YMCA Youth & Government.
California YMCA Youth & Government’s alumni are shown to out-perform the general population in several important areas such as: registering to vote (96% vs. 66%), actual voting (87% vs. 54%), working on community issues (43% vs. 17%), becoming active members of a board (15% vs. 3%), and receiving their bachelor’s degree (88% vs. 25%). Clearly the California YMCA Youth & Government experience is creating more engaged citizens.
Both our Model Legislature & Court and Model United Nations programs are also fortunate to receive overwhelming volunteer support by program alumni. A majority of our organization’s Board of Directors are program alumni who have remained committed to our mission and continue to give of their time, talent, and treasure to ensure our future.
We consistently seek out ways to remain in contact with our past participants and have an Alumni Association to share information and create events for alumni. For information on how to become involved in the Youth & Government Alumni Association, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
61st Youth Governor
I began my involvement in California YMCA Youth & Government (Y&G) when I was in middle school. Throughout my involvement in Y&G, I encountered supportive advisors, staff and friendships from across the state. With this support, I was elected first as the Secretary-General (MUN) and then Youth Governor (MLC). To this day, I continue to stay involved in my local delegation, as well as to serve as a volunteer.
I received BA from Princeton University, where I also helped found the national non-profit organization Students for Education Reform. In 2001, while still a student at Princeton, I was elected to my hometown Board of Education, where I currently serve as President. I am also a fifth grade math and science teacher in Los Angeles, where I serve children living in extreme poverty.
I am hoping to get back to “Sac”, and am currently running to represent the 43rd District in the California State Assembly. A major priority is delivering on the promise of an excellent education for all California’s kids. I understand the power of programs and opportunities such as those afforded to me through California YMCA Youth & Government and want to help continue the vital work of unlocking the potential and brilliance in every child.