The Central YMCA in Youngstown and the Davis Family YMCA in Boardman, is now offering a fun way for youth to learn about the government.
The Ohio YMCA’s Youth in Government program enhances development of the American democratic process for young people through participatory training in the theory and practice of the Ohio state government.
Youth in the program learn about the legislative process, how to write and research bills, and how to participate in elections. Their work culminates in youth serving as delegates at their state conference, debating bills on the floor of the legislature. Some have actually made bills into laws!
The YIG program seeks to build, encourage and strengthen life assets and character traits that will help teens become involved and responsible adults. All YIG activities are designed with the following goals in mind: Providing leadership training and preparation to meet the needs of a democratic society: Stimulating interest and awareness of US and state government’s function; Creating opportunities for civic engagement and awareness of prominent social issues; Developing self-confidence and self-expression while fostering tolerance and understanding of others’ point of view; and Cultivating the application of moral and ethical valuing processes to public policy making This program is for individuals ages 12-18. Contact our Youth & Teen Directors at either YMCA location to learn more!
Register online for the Youth in Government program at Davis, or sign up at the Service Desk or contact the:
Central YMCA: Joselyn Parker, firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-742-4790. Days and times to be announced.
Davis Family YMCA: Nikki Murray, email@example.com or 330-480-5656 x 218. Begins Sept. 25 from 7-8 p.m. (meets 2nd & 4th Friday of each month).