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Institute Contact

Derek Summerville
Natl. Youth Engagement Director

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve provided the answers to some of the most common questions about the Changemakers Institute. If you have a question that you think we should include in this FAQ, please email

Q. Who can participate in the Institute?
All high school students grades 9-12, or the Classes of 2020-2024 (this includes rising freshmen and graduating seniors) can register for the Institute.

Q. Do we have to be YMCA members or Youth and Government participants?
No YMCA membership or program experience necessary! All students are welcome to register.

Q. Is there a fee, and are scholarships available?
Yes, the Institute fee is $100. Need-based scholarships are available to interested participants.

Q. How long is the Institute?
The Institute runs for 10 weeks, starting the week of June 8th and concluding the week of August 21st, with a one-week break for the July 4th holiday.

Q. Will the Institute require a computer and internet access?
Yes – the Institute will be entirely virtual. While participating by phone may be possible, most of our virtual settings will require interaction via screen. If you are in need of either a computer or internet access at home, we may be able to connect you to resources in your community through your local Y.

Q. What will we do during the Institute?
See our Calendar & Curriculum page for a full breakdown of programming for each week!