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 January and will continue as we lead up to the one-day Training and Elections Conference (March 7, 2020) and the Model Legislative and Judicial conferences (April 3 – 5, 2020). Both conferences will take place in Dover, Delaware at Legislative Hall and the Kent County Court House. Download the 2020 Program Calendar.

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

Brandywine YMCA: Thursday, 6:30 –8 pm

Dover YMCA: Mondays, 6:30 – 8 pm

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

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

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

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.

For more information about joining, contact Anesha Truesdale at

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

*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:
Jake Poppiti , Youth Governor – Charter School of Wilmington

Judicial Branch:
Dorcas Olatunji, Chief Justice – Charter School of Wilmington

Press Leadership:
Marley Fishburn, Editor in Chief – Seaford High School

Lobbyist Leadership

  • Natalie Harvey,  Chief Lobbyist – Caravel Academy
  • Abigail Diaz, Chief Lobbyist – Charter School of Wilmington

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 about the 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.


Stronger Together

At the Y, we stand against all forms of racism, discrimination and hatred. We have a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and compassion for all.  We share the grief and outrage felt by the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death.  As we watch and experience the unrest and violence that continues to erupt throughout our communities, we acknowledge that this reality is fueled by generations of injustice. Together through the Y, we can be a positive force for change in every community we serve. We must unite. We must be heard, and we must do better.


Due to scheduled protests, the Central and Walnut Street YMCA's will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 5th.

The Sussex Family Y will close at 12 p.m. on Friday, June 5th.

The Bear-Family Y outdoor pools will close at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 7th.