Youth in Government (YIG)

Youth in Government (YIG) offers model legislative and judicial experiences for youth in grades 6 –12. Students learn by doing, and have the opportunity to try their hand at leadership in an open and receptive learning environment.


Weekly meetings begin in December and will continue as we lead up to the one-day Training and Elections Conference (March 10, 2018) and the Model Legislative and Judicial conferences (April 13 – 15, 2018). Both conferences will take place in Dover, Delaware at Legislative Hall and the Kent County Court House. 2018 Program Calendar

Bear-Glasgow YMCA: Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm

Brandywine Delegation: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00pm, Hosted at Springer Middle School

Dover YMCA: Mondays, 6:30 – 8:00pm;

Middletown YMCA: Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:00pm; Hosted at Christiana Care Center

Sussex YMCA: Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 pm;

Walnut St YMCA: Saturdays, 12:30pm:

Western YMCA: Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:00pm;

We allow students to attend the first meeting without making any commitment. At their first delegation meeting they will receive all of the information they need for the program and our online registration link. You can let us know you are coming by RSVPing below.


$325*: Bear-Glasgow Y, Brandywine Y, Middletown Y, Sussex Y

$310*: Western Family YMCA

$290*: Dover YMCA, Walnut Street YMCA

*Youth in Government costs the YMCA of Delaware around $500 per student. Due to our generous supporters who contribute each year, we are able help reduce the cost for all delegates. Additional financial assistance is available.

Executive Branch: 
Felicia Flores, Youth Governor – Charter  School of Wilmington

Judicial Branch:
Michael Chen, Chief Justice – Western Family YMCA

Press Leadership: 
Sarah Jones, Editor in Chief – Central YMCA

Representative Kim Williams, 19th Representative District

Representative Melanie George Smith, 5th Representative District

Representative John Viola, 26th Representative District

Senator Brian Bushweller, 17th Senate District

Representative Deborah Hudson, 12th Representative District

Representative Paul Baumbach, 23rd Representative District

Senator Jack Walsh, 9th Senate District

Representative William Outten, Representative District 30

Senator Margaret Rose Henry – 2nd Senate District

Representative Ronald Gray – 38th Representative District

Senator Bryan Townsend – 11th Senate District

Representative Ruth Briggs King – 37th Representative District

Representative Jeffrey Spiegelman – 11th Representative District

Senator Bruce Ennis, 14th Representative District

Senator Anthony Delcollo, 7th Senate District

Grades 6-8

Weekly meetings begin in September 2018 leading up to this one day event held in November at Legislative Hall in Dover.   Students will have the chance to learn about the legislative process, debate parliamentary procedure, and work with students from across the state to develop solutions to problems they see facing Delaware.

YIG in Action


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.


Program registration is now OPEN. Classes start January 2nd! CLICK HERE to register and search offerings by location.