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.

Grades 6-12

Weekly meetings begin in December and will continue as we lead up to the one-day Training and Elections Conference (March 11, 2017) and the Model Legislative and Judicial conferences (April 7 – 9, 2017). Both conferences will take place in Dover, Delaware at Legislative Hall and the Kent County Court House.

Click here to view the CONFERENCE RESOURCE FOLDER.


Grades 6-8

This one day event is held in November for Middle School students interested in learning about our States Political system. 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.


2017 Delegation Meeting Time/Date

Brandywine YMCA: Thursdays, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Bear-Glasgow Family YMCA: Tuesdays, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Central YMCA (Wilmington): Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m.

Dover YMCA: Mondays, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Sussex Family YMCA: Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Starting Jan 21st)

Walnut Street YMCA: Saturdays, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Western Family YMCA: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

School Delegation: Contact your school advisor

Executive Branch: 
Madeline Campbell, Youth Governor – Western Family YMCA

Judicial Branch:
Jill Canning, Youth Chief Justice – Charter School of Wilmington
Rebecca Alexander, Associate Justice – Western Family YMCA
Michael Chen, Associate Justice – Western Family YMCA
Keri Edwards, Associate Justice  – Brandywine YMCA
Charlotte Leslie, Associate Justice  – Charter School of Wilmington

Press Leadership: 
Zak Baillie, Editor in Chief – Western Family YMCA

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


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.