Program Overview

Welcome to Massachusetts YMCA Youth and Government, a yearlong youth-run, youth-led civics program in which students represent their schools and communities as part of a model state government, taking over the chambers of the State Capitol to debate bills written by their peers.

Students are offered the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of issues, develop critical thinking skills, and articulate their beliefs while engaging constructively with their peers from around Massachusetts.

Watch our introductory video to see the program in action, and we hope to see you at our conference later this year:



State Conference Information

We’re excited to invite students across Massachusetts to our State Conference this coming spring in Boston:

State Conference
April 2-4, 2023
Wyndham Beacon Hill & State Capitol
5 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114

Registration fees cover all pre-leg and conference costs, hotel rooms for both nights, as well as both dinners during the state conference:

Student Registration Fee: $360
Adult Registration Fee: $360 (2 per hotel room) or $650 (private room)


Conference Registration

Please use the links below register for the conference and submit your bills:

Delegate Registration | Adult Registration
Bill Submission Form

Registration, bill submission, and payment are due by March 10, 2023


Conference Preparation

To help prepare for our state conference, we have also scheduled the following opportunities:

Orientation Meeting (Zoom)
February 19, 2023 | 7:00PM

In-Person Gathering
Saturday, February 25, 2023
Boston College High School

Virtual Conference Prep Meetings
Sunday, March 12, 2023 | 7:00 PM ET
Tuesday, March 14, 2023 | 7:00 PM ET