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
SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, 32ND YOUTH GOVERNOR
Alan Weil joined his Youth & Government delegation at the Berkeley YMCA in 1977. Alan joined Y&G his sophomore year in high school, and by his junior year he was elected as the Speaker of the Assembly. In 1980, as a senior, Alan was elected as California YMCA Youth & Government’s 32nd Youth Governor.
After graduating from high school, Alan attended the University of California, Berkeley. After graduating, Alan pursued further study at Harvard where he entered a unique four-year program simultaneously earning a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a master’s degree from the Kennedy School of Government.
Following graduation, Alan worked for the administration for Governor Michael Dukakis, where he became involved in health care. He next worked for Governor Roy Romer, holding a cabinet position as executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. Eventually Alan found his way to Washington, D.C. working as Director of Assessing the New Federalism at the Urban Institute, one of the largest privately funded social policy research projects ever undertaken in the United States. Currently, he is Editor-in-Chief at Health Affairs, a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the serious exploration of domestic and international health policy and system change.
In recalling his time in Youth & Government, Alan said, “What stands out the most is that I was always interested in government and laws, but in Y&G there was a reality to it. I formed enduring relationships in Y&G that that allowed me to become part of communities in my adulthood, that I would never have had the opportunity to be part of.”