Starting a Program

Getting Started

If you currently live in one of the states/territories listed below and are interested in starting a formal statewide Youth and Government program, please reach out to Derek Summerville at to schedule a consultation, and we will get you connected with the Y in your community and/or your State Alliance of YMCAs.

Alaska Puerto Rico
Arkansas Rhode Island
Georgia South Dakota
Iowa Utah
Mississippi Vermont
Nebraska West Virginia
North Dakota Wyoming

Students in each of these states are currently able to apply and serve as part of their state’s YMCA Youth Cabinet, which would serve as the foundation for efforts to launch a formal statewide program.