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 9, 2019) and the Model Legislative and Judicial conferences (April 12 – 14, 2019). Both conferences will take place in Dover, Delaware at Legislative Hall and the Kent County Court House. Download 2019 Program Calendar.

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

Brandywine YMCA: Thursday, 6:30 –8 pm, (Day may change to Tuesday)

Dover YMCA: Mondays,6:30 – 8 pm

Middletown YMCA: Wednesdays, 6 pm – 7:30 pm; Hosted at Middletown High School

Sussex YMCA: TBD

Walnut St YMCA: Saturdays, 12:30 pm – 2 pm

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

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 ableto help reduce the cost for all delegates. Additional financial assistance is available.

Executive Branch:
Ria Swaminathan, Youth Governor – Charter School of Wilmington

Judicial Branch:
Swetha Sankar, Chief Justice – Charter School of Wilmington

Press Leadership:
Anudeep Chennuri, Editor in Chief – Charter School of Wilmington

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 2019 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. Click here to receive email updates on the 2019 Junior Model Legislature 

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.