About Us

Overview of Youth and Government

Established in 1936, YMCA Youth and Government is a nationwide civic engagement and servant leadership program that provides students in middle school, high school, and college with the opportunity to represent and serve their communities through model government, leadership and professional development, advocacy, and service-learning.

  • Youth and Government collectively serves over 55,000 students through our state programs around the country across the country, including Washington, D.C.
  • Students can participate through a Youth and Government student organization at their middle or high school and/or through their local YMCA. These school-based or YMCA-based groups are led by student officers, and advised by school faculty, community volunteers, and/or YMCA staff.