The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

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Youth and Government

Congratulations to our new 2016-17 State Officers!



Governor, Sharif Long

Duncanville High School, Oak Cliff YMCA

Attorney General, Asha Christensen

Boyd High School, McKinney YMCA

Broadcast Producer, Bailee Farris

Westwood High School, Palestine YMCA



Governor, Peyton Childs

Dowell Middle School, McKinney YMCA

State Affairs Forum Chair, Jazly Rios

Austin Middle School, Irving YMCA


+ 2017 Award Winners

Youth & Government 

Democracy must be learned by each generation. YMCA Youth & Government is a statewide civic education and leadership program in which schools, civic organizations and Ys involve kids in hands-on learning experiences. Click on an icon below to explore!




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. Each club consists of participating students and an adult sponsor (usually a teacher) and is guided and supported by YMCA staff and volunteers. Students choose to participate in one of four areas: legislative, judicial, media, or state affairs forum.  Model United Nations in also an option.

In November, clubs compete at District Conference, and the top individuals and teams advance to the State Conferences in January and February in Austin.  Model United Nations Assembly takes place in April.

+ Youth and Government Contact Info

+ Participating Schools / YMCAs (2016-17)

+ Registration and State Info

+ Conferences and Competitions

See how Youth and Government is making a difference:

Watch to see why Duncanville students participate: