New York

Program Overview

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.

The program now offers both middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) model state government assemblies to students and schools across the state.

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.

Getting Started

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:

  • Learn how to join and start a delegation at your school or YMCA  
  • View our calendar to see the dates for each assembly and other program events
  • Visit our high school and middle school assembly pages to plan your participation
  • Need-based scholarships are also available for interested students.

For any questions about joining the program, starting a delegation, or attending one of our assemblies, please contact our program staff.

Assembly Preview

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: