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A Community in Times of Isolation

I joined the California Youth & Government program on a whim: It was mid-December, I was curled up in a ball on our couch, scrolling through Instagram, when a random thought popped into my head.

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YMCA Students Help Create TN Bill

Darby Kolwyck and Isabella Ryan, who were part of Tennessee’s YMCA Youth and Government program while in high school in 2015, helped craft a bill that restricts solitary confinement for juveniles.

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Attend UN ECOSOC Youth Forum

On April 7-8, youth leaders from around the world will have the opportunity to virtually engage with government representatives, youth delegates, policymakers and other relevant stakeholders at the UN.

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Invisalign ChangeMakers Grants

Are you making a positive impact in your community? Then you’re an Invisalign ChangeMaker. And we’d love to help boost your efforts! That’s why we’re giving $5,000 to 100 teens (ages 13-19).

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Educating for Democracy Forum

Join us at the National Forum on March 2nd from 3-4:45pm ET for the official release of the Educating for American Democracy Roadmap and Report, the result of 17 months of work by 300+ contributors.

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Program Blog


YMCA Night at Nationals Park

Join Youth and Government Alumni from around the country at our Alumni Night at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 13th as part of the Youth Governors Conference! RSVP today:

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Meet Our 2022 Youth Advocates

The YMCA of the USA is excited to introduce the YMCA Youth Advocates for our 2022 National Advocacy Days! Click below to see the schools, communities, YMCAs, and states represented by each student:

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YMCA Homes for Migrant Youth

The Y is excited to host a special briefing designed for youth around the country with Valeria Ruiz, the Coordinator of the YMCA Homes for Migrant Youth, Mexico to talk about their efforts.

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Solutions Summit: Future of Work

The YMCA’s Youth-Led Solutions initiative equips youth to form their own Solutions Teams working to address employment challenges in their communities, and apply for seed-funding to launch them.

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Become a Student Sponsor

Become a Student Sponsor of the bipartisan Civics Secures Democracy Act, which creates federal grants to nonprofits and educational institutions that support and expand access to civics and history education.

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