Equipping youth to improve our nation

What is Youth & Government?

A nationwide YMCA program in which students learn the mechanics of government and the media by participating in hands-on activities in their club at their school or local YMCA. YMCA Youth and Government allows middle and high school students to experience the excitement of our state government in action. Students meet regularly as a club during the fall semester and throughout the year. Students choose to participate in one of four areas: legislative, judicial, media, or state affairs forum.

In November, clubs compete at District Conference, and the top individuals and teams advance to the State Conferences in January and February in Austin.

Texas Youth & Government


How do we participate in YG?

  • Ask your local YMCA to do a presentation at your school
  • Engage a dedicated adult advisor
  • Begin a club with your local YMCA
  • Prepare, practice, and participate!

*Financial Assistance & Income Based Club fees are available

Why participate in YG?

YG is a life-changing program. Students gain the following from YG:

  • Confidence
  • Leadership and Public Speaking Skills
  • Empathy and Diplomacy
  • Stronger work ethic
  • Value of voting and volunteering
  • Organized decision-making skills
  • New friends and important life-long connections
  • A better understanding of the workings of government

For your students, YG also helps enhance academic and UIL performance, as well as already existing clubs such as Media, Debate and World Affairs, Mock Trial, and more.


For Youth and Government Information, contact: Cassie McKee, Teen Director


High School State Conference: TBD

Middle School State Conference: TBD

Participating Schools for White Rock YMCA Delegation

Austin Academy for Excellence Middle School
B. G. Hudson Middle School
Garland High School
Inspired Vision Academy
Jackson Technology Middle School
Lakehill Preparatory School
Lakeview Centennial High School
New Century Montessori Academy
North Garland High School
Sachse High School
Skyline High School
Webb Middle School
WH Gaston Middle School