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    YMCA of South Florida: Youth in Government

    YMCA of South Florida: Youth in Government


    • Listing Type: After-School Enrichment
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Program Delivery: Day
    • Session Length: Other
    • Category: Career Exploration
    • Sub-Categories: Politics and Diplomacy
    • Minimum Cost: Free
    • Gender: Coed
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    YOUTH IN GOVERNMENT (YIG) is a national program of the Y that involves thousands of teens nationwide in state-organized, model-government programs. Students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement and to, quite literally, practice democracy in Judicial and Legislative tracks.


    Students from Broward and Miami-Dade counties participate in two state conferences; serve as legislators, and debate bills in Florida’s House and Senate chambers.

    • VOICE: Students write their own legislation based on issues that matter to them most.Discuss, organize & research topics as well as increase their awareness of societal issues and solutions.Gain participative leadership and communication skillsPresent their legislation in committees & chambers.
    • EXPOSURE: Students travel to Orlando and Tallahassee for statewide program conferences and tour local colleges.Experience compatible careers and community involvementStudents interact with students and elected officials from across the state.
    • EMPOWER: Students engage in events, build their network, and present their issues on the Florida House & Senate floor.Students lead chapter meetings, round table discussions & weekend trainings.Accountability and respect for the rights of others