The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

For Youth Development ®
For Healthy Living
For Social Responsibility

Youth & Government

Equipping youth to improve our nation


What is Youth & Government?

A nation-wide 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. 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.



Skyline High School's 2018 County Court 8th Place Team




L-R: Bethany Bass, Garland High School Senate Distinguished Delegate Award winner; Brianna Thomas and Haven Epps, Skyline High School Top County Court Prosecuting Attorney Team; Taylor Enslin, Sachse High School Lobbyist Distinguished Delegate Award winner.

Participating Schools for White Rock YMCA Delegation

Austin Academy for Excellence Middle School

Coyle Middle School

Garland High School

Jackson Technology Middle School

Lakehill Preparatory School

Lakeview Centennial High School

North Garland High School

Rowlett High School

Sachse High School

Skyline High School

Webb Middle School

WH Gaston Middle School