Get Involved

The YMCA DC Youth & Government program empowers youth to become ethical leaders and responsible citizens through training in the theory and practice of making public policy. Over the course of a school year, more than 300 high school students from across the metropolitan Washington area learn invaluable skills that they can use to improve their communities for years to come.

How can YOU get involved?

Students

The YMCA DC Youth & Government program is open to all high school students in the metropolitan Washington area. Through the program, students act as a mayor, council members, board of education members, committee members, and the press. Serving in these roles, students debate and pass laws that they think can solve problems in the District of Columbia.

Delegation Advisors

Currently, the YMCA DC Youth & Government program is comprised of 17 delegations. These delegations include high schools, YMCAs, and local civic organizations. Each club is mentored by a Delegation Advisor who is affiliated with the sponsoring school, civic organization, or YMCA branch.

Volunteers

The YMCA DC Youth & Government program relies on approximately 30 volunteers each year to ensure the smooth operation of the program. Volunteers are the backbone of our program. Their time and talent help us to fulfill our mission of empowering our youth to become ethical leaders and responsible citizens.

Alumni

The YMCA DC Youth & Government program has touched the lives of thousands of students since its founding in 2001. Many alumni decide to volunteer with delegations or at the annual conferences. Other alumni support the program with financial donations so that current and future students have the opportunity to participate in the program.