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Teens catch the excitement of shaping the future by learning how government works and what it takes to implement improvements through the YMCA Youth and Government program.

This dynamic group gives teens hands-on experience in state government roles as senators, legislators, judges, court justices and news reporters who cover the political scene. Competitions are held on a district and state level in Austin.

YMCA Texas Youth and Government is a statewide, youth led, civic engagement program for high school and middle school students.  It is an exciting hands-on experience in the mechanics of the state legislative and judicial process of government along with print and broadcast media.

The program concludes with a District Conference at Jack E. Singley Academy & a trip to the State Capitol in Austin, TX for State Conference where participants will get to network and compete with 500-1,000 other students from around the State. Please note that Jr. Youth and Government has one area, Legislative.

Youth delegates:

  • Study and debate public issues
  • Experience the Judicial branch of our state government
  • Write a legislative bill
  • Participate in a Youth Legislature
  • Produce the State Y&G news broadcast 
  • Edit the State Y&G newspaper

Participating Irving Clubs 2011-2012

Jack E. Singley Academy

Lamar Middle School

Austin Middle School ECHOS Program

Irving YMCA Club (anyone can join!)

de Zavala Middle School AVID Class

Nimitz High School

Irving High School


*District Conference: Saturday December 10th, 2011 8a.m.-5p.m.

*State Conference (High School): January 26th-29th   2012

*State Conference (Middle School): February 24th-26th   2012

*State Conference in Austin, Texas- Program Fees apply for conference attendance. Contact your local club to find out more.

Interested in the Dallas Y&G program?
Submit your contact information here or:

Contact the YMCA Youth & Government District 5 Director
Kendra Yanchak at 214-526-7293 or

youth and government a ymca teen initiative


September 1st - November 15th
Ages: 11-18 years old

Contact: Tanisha Clark


Phone: (972) 986-8898

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