Changemaker Convention 1
July 12-17 | Milwaukee, WI
Each Changemaker Convention will be led by youth leaders from around the country.
If you are interested in serving on our Convention Leadership Committee (CLC), please complete the application below:
Deadline: Sunday, March 1st
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Convention Fee: $1,250.00
Includes Lodging, Meals, Transport between Convention Sites, and Activities/Materials
Fee does not include travel to/from host city.
College Credit: $999.00 (Optional)
Three (3) college credits in Political Science from Reinhardt University.
In July and August of 2020, YMCA Youth and Government will host Youth Changemaker Conventions in Milwaukee, WI and Charlotte, NC to coincide with the Democratic and Republican National Conventions taking place in each city:
These non-partisan youth-led conventions will provide students from across the country with the opportunity to work together on building a youth-led platform for the future of the country while engaging with local, state, and national political figures and experts as they take part in their respective conventions.
Youth participants will arrive on the Sunday prior to the start of each respective convention (July 12th or August 23rd), and depart on Friday morning following the conclusion of the convention (July 17th or August 28th).
Registration for both conventions is now open for all participants – students and adult chaperones. Spaces will be limited, so be sure to register as soon as possible:
If you want to be notified when the registration form opens, please add your name and email to our Changemaker Convention Email List.
The Convention Fee is $1,250, which include lodging, transportation between convention lodging/program sites, meals, programming, and activities. The only cost not included in your fee will be travel to and from Wisconsin or North Carolina.
For state delegations or YMCA groups bringing 10 or more students, 1 adult registration is complimentary for every 10 students in your group.
In addition to scholarships that may be available from your state programs (please check-in with them first), participants can also submit an application:
The Y is a non-profit organization committed to ensuring access to our programs for all interested students. In order to be considered for a scholarship, a student and their parent/guardian must fully complete and submit the application.
Our Changemaker Conventions will take place in the host cities for the 2020 Democratic & Republican National Conventions: Milwaukee, WI (DNC) and Charlotte, NC (RNC).
In addition to visiting official DNC and RNC venues, programming and lodging will be provided at a partner university near each city. In Charlotte, we will also be partnering with the local YMCA Residential Camp for our lodging:
Changemaker Convention 1 | Milwaukee, WI
Carroll University (Programming & Lodging)
Transportation to and from all venues (including arrival/departure from regional airports) will be provided to all participants as part of their program fee.
Over the course of the week, participants will take part in a variety of workshops and trainings, service projects, a model convention process, hear from public officials, political experts, and media, and attend/experience components of their respective conventions.
Programming on the agenda for each convention may include, but is not limited to:
We are partnering with Reinhardt University, a fully regionally accredited University, to offer participants an opportunity to earn three (3) hours of college credit in Political Science. The fee for this optional credit opportunity is $999.00.
Students taking advantage of this opportunity will participate in pre-event online modules, readings, and discussions and submit a post-event project.
Have questions about participating? Here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions: