Youth in Government Middle School Conference

Building Future Leaders

Youth In Government is a YMCA program that allows middle school and high school students to serve in model governments at the local, state, and national levels. Students are encouraged to learn by doing, and have the opportunity to gain leadership skills in an open and receptive environment.

In November, Youth In Government held their middle school conference at Legislative Hall in Dover. Approximately 60 students from eight delegations attended and were tasked with presenting legislation and debating issues with their peers. Some of the topics that were debated included: Tax Reduction Act, Factor Replacement Medicine Bill, Commercial Hunting and Fishing, and the Lunchtime Extension Act.

Youth In Government is currently focused on gearing
up for the high school conference in Dover,
April 12 – 14, 2019. Students will have the opportunity to serve in various roles including: Lobbyist, Journalist, Senator, Representative and Judge.

For more information about Youth In Government or to join, visit Volunteers are needed to prepare students during weekly delegation meetings, and act as judges during the high school conference.         



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.


All YMCA of Delaware locations are currently closed.

Please visit for the most current information including information about membership.