National Programs

Program Calendar

Youth Advocate Program
March 3 – 6, 2019 | Washington, DC

Youth Governors Conference
June 11-16, 2019Washington, DC

Conference on National Affairs
Jun. 29 – Jul. 4, 2019 | Black Mountain, NC

National Judicial Competition
July 29 – Aug. 1, 2019 | Chicago, IL

 

National Programs

Conference on National Affairs
National Judicial Competition
Youth Advocate Program
Youth Governors Conference

Overview of National Programs

YMCA Youth and Government is a national movement of over 55,000 students participating in 42 YMCA Youth and Government programs around the country.

Each year, representatives or delegations from each of our state programs have the opportunity to attend the following national programs and conferences. Learn more about how you can represent your state on the national stage:

 

YMCA Conference on National Affairs | CONA

Black Mountain, NC www.ymcacona.org 

Each summer, our state programs send delegations of up to 25 delegates to participate at the YMCA Conference on National Affairs, or CONA. The weeklong conference is held at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in North Carolina, and serves as the nationwide culmination for each of the YMCA Youth and Government programs around the country. The conference brings together the top students from each state to debate proposals on issues facing our nation and world.

How to Attend
Each state program has a unique process for choosing their CONA Delegations. If you are interested in representing your state at CONA, contact your state program to learn about their selection.

 

YMCA National Judicial Competition | NJC

Chicago, IL www.ymcayag.org/njc

Kentucky also sends a delegation of students from our Judicial program to compete in the YMCA National Judicial Competition, or NJC. The multi-day conference is held in Chicago, Illinois and brings together YMCA Youth and Government participants from around the country to participate in Mock Trial and Appellate Court competitions.

How to Attend
Each state program has a unique process for choosing their NJC teams. If you are interested in representing your state at NJC, contact your state program to learn about their selection process.

 

YMCA Youth Advocate Program

Washington, DC | www.ymcayag.org/yap

Each year, the YMCA of the USA hosts YMCA National Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C. CEOs, staff, and volunteers from around the country gather to advocate for the YMCA’s Legislative Priorities by meeting with their members of Congress.

The Youth Advocate Program at YMCA National Advocacy Days is designed for high school YMCA teen program participants interested in advocating on behalf of the Y’s policy priorities in support of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Youth Advocates participate in Advocacy Days events as well as programming facilitated by Youth and Government staff. This programming introduces them to federal policymaking, Y-USA advocacy efforts, program alumni, public policy careers, and much more.

How to Attend
Each state, led by their Youth and Government program as well as their respective YMCA State Alliance, nominate students to represent them as part of the Youth Advocate Program at YMCA National Advocacy Days. To learn more about the nomination process in your state, contact your state program.

 

YMCA Youth Governors Conference

Washington, DC | www.ymcayag.org/ygc

In June, our Youth Governors, Youth Mayor (DC), and several Secretaries General take part in the annual YMCA Youth Governors Conference, which is held in Washington, DC. While in DC, the Youth Governors meet with their fellow leaders from other state programs, and learn how to best serve their states during the coming year.

How to Attend
Each state program sends their elected Youth Governor(s) to the conference to represent the state. In some states with Model UN programs, the elected Secretaries General attend the conference as well.