All participants in the YMCA DC Youth & Government program must be willing to accept the following challenge:

To demonstrate these YMCA Core Values:

CARING: to love and help all people

HONESTY: to be truthful in what you say and do

RESPECT: to treat others as we wish to be treated

RESPONSIBILITY: to do what is right and to be accountable for your actions

Applying the Core Values to the YMCA DC Youth & Government Program

Lift someone up instead of putting them down. Tell the truth. Listen to everyone closely. Do the right thing.
Accept others instead of shunning differences. Speak only for yourself. Treat others with respect. Meet deadlines and fulfill commitments.
Help out instead of walking by a problem. Speak out against injustice. Take special care of all facilities. Work on your own growth.
Look at the positives of everyone. Mean what you say and say what you mean. Thank someone for helping you out. Be responsible for your own actions.

Inclusion Statement: The YMCA DC Youth & Government program is open to area high school students, regardless of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation.  Discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated.