Youth In Government

Since 1957, Florida YMCA Youth In Government has provided young leaders the opportunity to strengthen their values, make their voices heard and their passions known.

Through our Youth In Government (YIG) program, middle and high school students build leadership skills, gain self-confidence and discover how our government operates. Students learn debate techniques and earn community service hours, scholarship opportunities and college credit. Senior YIG students will have the opportunity to enjoy an experience to remember at State Assembly in Tallahassee where they take over the capitol, assuming the roles of legislators, senators, supreme court justices, lobbyists, the press corps and more!

Youth In Government program goals include:

  • Awareness of societal issues and solutions
  • Confidence in and dedication to the democratic process
  • Increased participative leadership skills
  • Increased communication skills
  • Respect for diverse viewpoints
  • Accountability and respect for the rights of others
  • Application of moral and ethical values processes to public policy making
  • Enriching the formal education process with reality based learning experiences
  • Career exposure for youth

Florida Youth In Government offers specific programs for high school and middle school students.

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Clay County

Register online below or download a registration form.
To learn more, please contact Leslie Cook.

Duval County

Register online below or download a registration form.
To learn more, please contact Ruth Spencer.

St. Johns County

Download a registration form.
To learn more, please contact Dani Slader.

Meeting times vary by county, please reach out to the contact person listed for details.


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Youth Civic Engagement

Ponte Vedra YMCA
Youth In Government (ages 11-18)
Ages: 11 - 18
Dates: Aug 29 - May 22
Registration: Aug 29 - Oct 1

Youth Civic Engagement

Barco-Newton Family YMCA
2016-2017 Youth In Government – Clay County Chapter (ages 12-19)
Ages: 12 - 19
Dates: Oct 31 - Jun 10
Registration: Mar 28 - Mar 28

Youth Civic Engagement

Johnson Family YMCA
Youth In Government Fall District Conference (grades 9-12)
Ages: 14 - 19
Dates: Nov 18 - Nov 19
Registration: Mar 28 - Mar 28

Youth Civic Engagement

Johnson Family YMCA
2017 Forward Teen Program (ages 12-19)
Ages: 12 - 19
Dates: Jan 1 - Dec 31
Registration: Mar 28 - Mar 28

Youth Civic Engagement

Barco-Newton Family YMCA
Youth In Government State Assembly (ages 14-18)
Ages: 14 - 18
Dates: Feb 15 - Feb 18
Registration: Mar 28 - Mar 28

Youth Civic Engagement

Johnson Family YMCA
2017 Spring Break College & Career Tour
Ages: 14 - 18
Dates: Mar 22 - Mar 23
Registration: Mar 28 - Mar 28

Mission Statement: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.