YMCA Youth and Government brings the workings of city government alive to students. Through this program, the YMCA creates a unique opportunity for students across the District of Columbia to discuss the issues relevant to them and their communities and work together to form a solution. Delegates in Youth and Government learn to listen to their peers to discover new ways of looking at complex problems.

There are many diverse ways to participate in Youth and Government. A majority of delegates will participate in the Legislative Branch, joining either the City Council or Board of Education. By application only, delegates also have the choice to participate in the Media or as a member of the Mayor’s Cabinet.

You can join a delegation at your high school or at the YMCA closest to you. For more information on the best delegation for you to join, contact our Program Director Lindsey Pullum or fill out our Youth and Government interest form