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.
If you need financial assistance, you can apply through our Open Doors Financial Assistance program.
Click here to learn more about the importance of Youth and Government from YMCA of the USA.
This Year’s Award Winners
Congratulations to all YMCA of Northwest North Carolina Youth and Government participants who were honored with awards at this year’s conference!
Danta Tongogara, Paisley Magnet School
Model Justice & Won All Stars
Collin Marot, West Stokes High School
Jak Willis, Calvary Baptist Day School
Best Budget Analyst
Hannah Ross, South Stokes High School
Best Bill Presentations in the House
Ross Hickman and Shelby Mozingo, Calvary Baptist Day School
Erica Wolfe Best First Time Participant
(We have a special award for a first time participant that best models the YMCA character traits for caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. This individual will receive a scholarship for next year’s conference.)
Jaelyn Nichols, Parkland High School
Media Team Officer
Jordan Zeigler, South Stokes High School
2017 Attorney General for Mock Trial
Maria Meyerhoefer, South Iredell High School
Winners of the All Star Round in Mock Trial
Andrew Wilson & Greyson Hodges, South Iredell High School
House of Representative Best Debater
Peyton Copeland, Calvary Baptist Day School
Davis Hicks, Calvary Baptist Day School
Cris Wiley, Reynolds High School
Jared Floyd from Calvary Baptist
Recognition of 2015-2016 Executive Officers and Associate Officers
Lieutenant Governor: Logan Shortt from Calvary Baptist
Associate Justice: Savanna Moser and Molly Miller, Mount Tabor High School
Copy Editor: Annie Booz, Mount Tabor High School