YMCA Youth In Government Helps Mold Future Leaders

Wilmington, Delaware – As the political climate heats up throughout Delaware, the Y continues to prepare for a busy November within the Youth in Government (YIG) program. YIG, a program of YMCA of the USA, allows teens to serve in model governments at the local, state, national, and international levels. Participants immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement, debate issues that affect local citizens, and even propose legislation.

The YMCA of Delaware YIG Middle School Conference will be held on November 18, 2024, and the High School YIG conference will be held March 22-24, 2024. Both will take place at Legislative Hall in Dover, DE. This year’s Middle School conference will provide more than 40 YMCA of Delaware teens with the opportunity to showcase their political acumen while learning from each other and growing together. Students will participate in the legislative process, debate parliamentary procedure, and work with other youth from across the state to develop solutions to problems they see facing Delaware.

“We are excited to have this inspiring contingent of young leaders in Dover this weekend,” said Anesha Law, the Community Executive Director of the Walnut Street YMCA. “Our aim is to create a space where we simulate every angle of Delaware’s state government. This includes elections, court cases, and legislation. Together, we listen to diverse ideas and form best practices to ensure brighter days in Delaware for years to come.”

The YMCA of Delaware Youth in Government program is now registering for high school students across the state of Delaware. The Y is excited to help empower teens across the state by giving them the opportunity to learn about – and experience – government policies and methodologies firsthand. Those interested in joining the program can learn more and register here.

About the YMCA of Delaware

The YMCA of Delaware is Delaware’s largest nonprofit organization committed to empowering youth, fostering healthy living, and promoting strong communities. With seven branches statewide, a youth resource center, and an overnight camp and conference center in Worton, Maryland, the Y has developed longstanding relationships and a physical presence in Delaware so it can deliver lasting personal and social change. We are committed to serving everyone – regardless of age, income or background –nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving Delaware’s health and wellbeing, and creating a healthy, inclusive community where all people reach their full potential. www.ymcade.org.



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