Youth in Government

Youth in Government (YIG) offers model legislative and judicial experiences for youth in grades 6 –12. Teens meet in their local delegations to discuss and debate issues that affect citizens of Delaware. The program culminates with the teens taking over Dover, Delaware for a 3-day model Legislative and Judicial Conference which is held annually at Legislative Hall and The Kent County Court House. Delegates learn by doing, and have the opportunity to try their hand at leadership in an open and receptive learning environment.

YIG in Action



MODEL LEGISLATIVE & JUDICIAL PROGRAM: Grades 6-12

Weekly meetings begin in December and will continue as we lead up to the one-day Training and Elections Conference, which is scheduled for early March, and the Model Legislative and Judicial conferences held in early April 2017. Both conferences will take place in Dover, Delaware at Legislative Hall and the Kent County Court House. To register or for more information, contact Sam Sachs at ssachs@ymcade.org.


Bear-Glasgow Family YMCA

Brandywine YMCA

Central YMCA

Dover YMCA

Sussex Family YMCA

Walnut Street YMCA

Western YMCA

Caravel Academy

Charter School of Wilmington

Conrad Schools of Science

Salesianum

Seaford High School


Executive Branch: 
Vilas Annavarapu, Youth Governor – Charter School of Wilmington

Judicial Branch: Aditya Shukla, 2016 Youth Chief Justice – Charter School of Wilmington

Press Leadership: 
Leah O’Neill, Editor in Chief – Charter School of Wilmington


The YMCA of Delaware Youth in Government Program has recently revived its Alumni Association. Our goal for the Alumni Association is to help alumni maintain contact with each other through local events, provide opportunities for alumni to support our Delaware Youth in Government and to help keep track of the amazing contributions our alumni are making to our community. Please be sure to sign-up for our Alumni Association in order to receive updates on our group activities.

Click here to register for our Alumni Association.


Our Mission


The YMCA is an association of people of all ages, ethnic groups and religious affiliations that strives to cultivate the human potential, self-esteem, and dignity of all people. Our organization exists to develop and practice the Christian principles of love, caring, inclusiveness, justice and peace…and to enrich the emotional, physical and social life of all individuals, families and our community.