The California YMCA Youth & Government Program (Y&G) continues to build upon a proud legacy of providing quality educational and civic engagement programming to high school and middle school students throughout our state. The individual, yet interconnected programs operate according to a disciplined yearly planning schedule. Y&G programs are designed to complement each other and coordinate together in activities, providing year-to-year continuity in civic engagement education as well as leadership growth opportunities for the thousands of student participants.

In this spirit, high school student participants support middle-school programming while high school graduates have opportunities offer valuable support to the large Y&G programs and annual conferences.

Throughout the cycle of opportunities, these young leaders grow confidence while learning collaboration and civic responsibility.  Specific skills introduced, enhanced and reinforced throughout all Y&G programming include:

  • Leadership Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Research & Writing
  • Core Values & Teamwork
  • Study Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Understanding of Civic Engagement
  • Addressing Issues on Statewide & National Issues

As young participants grow in their understanding of civic engagement, they are also investing time to gain the skills and knowledge that will shape their lives and our society’s future.

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YMCA Youth & Government

(916) 287-9622

1792 Tribute Road, Suite 480
Sacramento CA 95815 (map)

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