The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

For Youth Development ®
For Healthy Living
For Social Responsibility

Youth & Government

YMCA Texas Youth and Government is a statewide, youth led, civic engagement program for high school and middle school students. It is an exciting hands-on experience in the mechanics of the state legislative and judicial process of government along with print and broadcast media.

Youth delegates will:

  • Study and debate public issues
  • Experience the Judicial branch of our state government
  • Write a legislative bill
  • Participate in a Youth Legislature
  • Produce the State Y&G news broadcast
  • Edit the State Y&G newspaper

Students across the state of Texas participate in their local District Conference and culminate the experience in a four-day State conference in Austin, Texas.

Contact the YMCA Youth & Government District 5 Director

Jenna Struble

(P) 214 880 9622

Get Involved

Depending on your time availability, there are various opportunities to volunteer. From starting a Y&G club, helping with setup at the conference or preparing youth to speak publicly, there is something for everyone. Submit your contact information here; contact your local branch or the YMCA Texas Youth & Government State Director at 800-269-9622.

Request a Program

If you are interested in having this program in your school or you want to be an advisor, visit us online at


YMCA National Y&G Events

Every year in July, the top 25 representatives from each of the US YMCA Youth and Government programs participate in the YMCA Conference on National Affairs (CONA). This conference is held in Black Mountain, NC at the YMCA Blue Ridge Conference Center.  The elected Youth Governor of each state attends the YMCA Youth Governors' Conference in Washington D.C. For more information visit


Were you in Youth & Government when you were in high school?  We would love to hear from you!  To learn more about becoming an Alumni contact the State Director at Ligia Gutierrez at 972 560 3897 or

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