A Note From the 2021 Youth Mayor

A Note From the 2021 Youth Mayor

Youth Mayor Address

Fellow Delegates,

Within the coming months, we will see a diverse, and robust leadership group at our Tuesday board meetings representing diversity in schools and interests. The soul focus of this program will not just be, about writing bills and legislative weekend — it will be about encouraging every student to find their voice and let their various passions shape how they get involved. We will have a committee of dedicated, talented, and passionate individuals who will work hard to host town halls, social media challenges, and photography contests. We will allow those who have a particular set of skills to benefit the program in many different ways, from designing flyers to revamping our website.

We will become more active throughout the year and become less legislative weekend-centric and instead become engagement-centric year-round. 

Five-Point Plan

#1)  We will increase outreach to every DCPS High School in the city by launching a city-wide campaign to make schools, their principals, and their students aware of what our program is, the activities we run, and the volunteer service hours you get if you join.

#2) I will personally reach out to every delegation that attended today’s conference and provide them with all the support, communication, and transparency you need to recruit more members from their school and increase their delegation size.

#3) We will hold more events for you to participate in, extending beyond our two normal conferences, to include town halls, forums, discussions with elected officials, any ideas you propose, we will work with you to make happen.

#4) We will make sure that our program appeals to all of you. Not just those of us who like to hear ourselves talk, but those of us who are writers, photographers, and visual designers. We are going to revitalize our press core. From an active newsletter to an up & running website to a robust social media presence, we will rewrite what it means to be a member of Youth & Government.

#5) Along the way to doing so, it will take all of us, all of our efforts, all of our skills, all of our passion, and we will shape that passion, and strengthen the culture and spirit of this program.

We have a fantastic year planned for you all! Thank you for being a part of this program and I hope to see you all at our events this year!


YMCA DC Youth Mayor Alex O’Sullivan

A Message from the YMCA DC Youth Editor-in-Chief

Dear YMCA DC Y&G Delegates,

The Press Corps is excited to start this year with you all! We have an incredible and robust team of writers, photographers, designers, and videographers ready to help this program thrive through newsletters, local stories, and fun activities. On our team, we have Maya Maaloul from the School Without Walls Delegation, Mazen Sheppard from the BASIS DC Delegation, and Nicolas Stanciu from the BASIS DC Delegation. 

We hope you all had a fun and informative time at our previous events this year. Youth Summit and our Speaker Series Event were huge successes. Delegates participated in discussions about local and national issues with their fellow peers. Additionally, we had fascinating guests talk to the Youth and Government family about their careers, journeys, and difficulties. Such guests included Councilmembers Janeese Lewis George and Robert White, Ward 5 DC State Board of Education Member Zachary Parker, and Federal Judge Emmet G Sullivan, to name a few. These events helped keep delegates engaged and helped educate them on various facets of local politics.

In the coming months, you all should begin the bill writing process. As daunting as it may sound, there are loads of resources to help you all out, including exemplar bills, in-depth bill templates, bill writing videos, and much more. If you need help with this, reach out to your local delegation leaders for assistance. We are excited to see everyone at Legislative Weekend this year!

If you have any other questions or concerns, please visit dcyag.org for more information.


YMCA DC Youth Editor-in-Chief Kaleb Patel

BASIS Washington D.C. Delegation

Welcome To Our New Website!

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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