Legislative Weekend

  • What is Legislative Weekend?

Legislative Weekend is a two-day conference that takes place in the spring and is the culminating event of the year.  Throughout the conference, students use the skills they have learned in delegation meetings and at the Youth Summit.  Delegates spend Friday and Saturday presenting and debating one another’s proposals.  Delegates in the Press Corps cover the conference, write articles, and publish conference newspapers.  Delegates also campaign for office and vote for new officers.  On Friday night, students travel to a local YMCA for Teen Night.  The Teen Night includes dancing, karaoke, basketball, and games.  Conference attendees spend the night in a hotel on Friday night.  On Saturday night, delegates attend the YMCA Youth Mayor’s Banquet.  During the banquet, students celebrate their hard work and receive awards.

  • When does Legislative Weekend take place?

Legislative Weekend takes place each spring on a Friday and Saturday usually in mid to late March.  Program Staff will set the exact date and notify all delegations.

  • Where does Legislative Weekend take place?

Legislative Weekend also takes place at One Judiciary Square located at 441 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.  Students participate in a Teen Night on Friday night at the YMCA National Capital and spend the night in a local hotel.

  • Who participates in Legislative Weekend?

Legislative Weekend is open to all high school students (9-12 grades) in the metropolitan Washington area who are members of a local YMCA DC Youth & Government delegation.  It is highly recommended that you attend the Youth Summit prior to attending Legislative Weekend.

  • How can I get involved?

In order to attend the Legislative Weekend conference, you must join a YMCA DC Youth & Government delegation at your school, participating community organization, or at your local YMCA.  Don’t know where the closest delegation is located?  Contact the Program Staff for a full list of delegations.