Youth in Government (YIG)

The Youth in Government (YIG) Program 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 January and will continue as we lead up to the one-day Training and Elections Conference (March 12th, 2022)and the Model Legislative and Judicial conferences (April 8th – April 10th). Both conferences will take place in Dover, Delaware at Legislative Hall and the Kent County Court House.

School Delegations: Charter School of Wilmington, Seaford High School, Caravel Academy, Odyssey Charter, Salesianum School, Conrad School of Science, Sussex Academy of Arts and Science.

Click here to receive updates on the Spring 2022 Conference.


Grades 6-8

Weekly meetings begin in September 2021 leading up to this one-day event held on November 20th  .  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.

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For more information about joining, contact Anesha Truesdale at
Middle School Conference: $100
High School Conference: $285

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.

*Due to our generous supporters who contribute each year, we are able to help reduce the cost from $500 to the prices listed above for all delegates. Additional financial assistance is available.

Executive Branch: Kemper Cole, Youth Governor – Sussex Academy

Judicial Branch: Claire Andreasen, Chief Justice – Charter School of Wilmington
Press Leadership: Jiya Patel, Editor in Chief – Charter School of Wilmington
Lobbyist Leadership: Mythili Satheesh,  Chief Lobbyist – Charter School of Wilmington


Model UN

YMCA Model United Nations Program is designed to introduce students to the operation and structure of the United Nations while providing them with an opportunity to actively learn about world cultures and debate issues of international importance. Students will actively participate in conflict resolution, public speaking, and coalition building, in addition to making new friends and being exposed to new ideas. The program promotes leadership through character development while introducing students to a vast array of ideas

Weekly Meetings will begin virtually on Wednesday, September 29th from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.

For more information click here.

YIG in Action


Our Mission

To empower youth, foster healthy living, and promote strong communities.

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