Youth & Government



The Youth & Government program is a High School age “Hands-on” experience in State Government. Youth & Government is an educational program that increases awareness of the governmental process and develops skills in the areas of personal development, self-esteem and leadership. There are opportunities for news reporting, writing, debating and lobbying for or against bills. The highlight of the program is a weekend long trip to Raleigh, where the students present and debate Bills in the State Legislative Building.

Introducing the Kernersville delegation! Starting this fall, we will have a delegation serving the students of Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School, East Forsyth High School, Robert B. Glenn High School, and Walkertown High School. For more information, please contact Rain Thoresen at

Important Dates

November 17: Pre-conference, Forsyth Tech, 2100 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
9:00-12:00pm, registration starts at 8:30am

February 14-17: Youth Legislature Conference in Raleigh, NC

Click here for the Parent Packet for 2018-2019! For Conference Information, visit or call 919.719.9989.

Click here for a list of volunteer opportunities and the links to register!

2018-2019 Participating Schools:
Bishop McGuinness
Calvary Day School
Davie High School
Early College at Forsyth Tech
East Forsyth High School
Forsyth Country Day School
Glenn High School
Mount Tabor High School
Paisley High School
Parkland High School
R. J. Reynolds High School
Reagan High School
South Stokes High School
Walkertown High School
West Forsyth High School
West Stokes High School

If you need financial assistance, you can apply through our Open Doors Financial Assistance program. Any questions? Please contact Jess-Mara Jordan at

Click here to learn more about the importance of Youth and Government from YMCA of the USA.