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YMCA Youth and Government Program

"At the very minimum, Youth & Government enhances the civic education for all students, providing them with hands-on knowledge of their government while teaching them that they have a voice to encourage change in that government.  Yet, this is not all that the YMCA Youth & Government program can do.  For many participants, the core values of the YMCA – caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility – fundamentally alter the perspectives of students, instilling in them a desire to serve their communities and become leaders from within themselves.

Beyond its value to the teen participants, YMCA Youth & Government has influenced the real legislative process as well.  Seat Belt Laws, Highway Striping Laws, Motorcycle Helmet Laws, Railroad Crossing Laws, and many other policy proposals were first passed by students in the many YMCA Youth & Government programs across the country before they were taken up by the state legislatures."

Upcoming Community Service Activity: Legislative Weekend April 7-8 (25 community service hours)