A Message From The 2019 Youth Mayor

A Message From The 2019 Youth Mayor

Fellow Washingtonians,

After months of preparation from YMCA staff and our student advisory board, the 2019 Legislative Weekend is finally here. Since the beginning of the year, both Y staff and the board have been adding new delegations such as Anacostia High School, IDEA PCS, and James Hubert Blake High School, hosting bill writing workshops across the city, and working on improving your committee experience. We hope that you are just as excited about this weekend as we are.

This Legislative Weekend, we the students, will come together to debate legislation that will impact DCPS, our homeless population, our felon population, our environment, and our daily lives. I trust that you have researched your bill topics and are prepared for lively debate in your committees.

I hope that after this conference you develop a stronger sense of civic duty and discover your voice. But above all, remember to have fun and make lifelong friendships. Take the time to get to know the people in your committee and do not be afraid to talk to people from other delegations during lunch, teen night, and the mayor’s banquet.

Sincerely,

YMCA DC Youth Mayor Christian Robles

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What would you do if you had the chance to lead Washington, DC?

The YMCA DC Youth & Government program gives high school students  like YOU the chance to see what it is like being the Mayor, a member of the City Council, or a member of the Board of Education, and speaking out on issues that matter to you.

During the fall, you will have the opportunity to meet with students from across the city at a one-day Youth Summit conference.  At the Youth Summit, you will meet with community leaders, government officials, and discuss local issues that matter to you. In the spring, you will take part in the two-day Legislative Weekend conference, where you will present and debate bills on how you would improve the city if you were in charge.

Top 5 Reasons to Join YMCA DC Youth & Government:

1. Make friends with other teens from across the metropolitan Washington area.

2. Meet elected and appointed city officials.

3. Debate and solve local issues that matter to you.

4. Dance and sing karaoke during Teen Night.

5. Stay in a hotel during the Legislative Weekend conference.

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