In the News


Youth Voices on Coronavirus Relief

Across the country, youth leaders are speaking-out to ensure that charities and nonprofits are prioritized as part of the coronavirus relief efforts considered by their Members of Congress.

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Youth Governor in CSPAN Contest

Maryland YMCA Youth Governor has reached the final round C-SPAN’s StudentCam competition for his student documentary “Democracy Must Be Learned.” Show your support and vote for his submission!

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When We All Vote Partnership

In the coming months, When We All Vote and its partners, like the Y, will release lesson plans for teachers to talk about civic education and voter registration, as well as webinars and in-person trainings.

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Youth Advocate for Foster Care

This year, Castillo-Roybal, now 19, was part of a push at the Legislature – with the support of the Y – to make sure other kids aren’t separated from their siblings when they are placed in foster homes.

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Youth Governor Addresses Senate

Gabby Alvarez of Spokane became the first Youth Governor ever to address the Washington State Senate. Alvarez was elected as the Youth Governor for the 2019 Youth and Government program.

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Program Blog


The Y’s Class of 2020 Celebration

While graduating seniors in YMCA programs around the country had their year cut short, we’re excited to host a nationwide celebration for the Y’s Class of 2020! Join us on Thursday, May 28th.

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Coronavirus Response

As the Y organizes our nationwide response to the coronavirus, please review the postponements and cancellations of Youth and Government programs taking place across the country.

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Youth Changemaker Conventions

In July and August of 2020, we are excited to host Youth Changemaker Conventions in Madison/Milwaukee, WI and Charlotte, NC to coincide with the Democratic and Republican National Conventions

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Building Youth Changemakers

This year, youth with the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities successfully advocated for the passage of a Foster Care Bill of Rights. Want to help youth become changemakers at your Y? Click to learn how.

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National Alumni Reception in DC

Our Youth and Government Alumni Reception will take place on Friday, June 14th from 5:30-7:00pm at the Anthony Bowen YMCA in Washington, DC. All alumni and supporters are welcome to register!

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