New York is proud to serve as the birthplace of YMCA Youth and Government, where the program was established in 1936 by Clement A. Duran.
These 3-day assembles allow students to represent their schools and communities in a variety of roles across the different branches and components of state government.
While preparing for and attending the assembly, students learn about a wide variety of policy issues, develop critical thinking skills, and articulate their beliefs while engaging constructively with their peers from around New York.
Whether you’re brand new to Youth and Government or one of our experienced participants and advisors, here’s everything you’ll need as you get started each year:
For any questions about joining the program, starting a delegation, or attending one of our assemblies, please contact our program staff.
Want to see one of our assemblies in action? Check out the video below to see what it’s like to represent your school and community at YMCA Youth and Government: