In the News


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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Rose Queen from California YAG

Louise Deser Siskel, a current delegate of the South Pasadena San Marino delegation for California Youth and Government, was recently crowned as the Rose Queen of the 101st Tournament of Roses.

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The Ride to Vote

In the 2016 election, 15 million people were registered but didn’t vote due to lack of transportation. This year, Lyft will give you a discounted ride! Click read more to get your Election Day discount code.

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Program Blog


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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State of the Union Action Parties

Throughout February, join YMCA Youth and Government and 22×20 in hosting your own State of the Union Action Party for your delegation, school, or YMCA. Click below to register your party.

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Youth Voter Turnout Guide

On November 6th, Americans across the country will head to the polls. This year, the YMCA and Youth and Government want to help ensure that as many students turn out to vote as possible.

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