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.

If you need financial assistance, you can apply through our Open Doors Financial Assistance program.


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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!

Model Attorney

Danta Tongogara, Paisley Magnet School

Model Justice & Won All Stars

Collin Marot, West Stokes High School

Model Media

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

Outstanding Advisor

Cris Wiley, Reynolds High School

Outstanding Legislator

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