Youth in Government
2016 CONVENTION: NOVEMBER 10- NOVEMBER 12
YMCA Youth In Government (YIG) is a statewide educational program that prepares youth for responsible leadership in the American democratic process by providing guidance, training, and experience in the theory and practice of determining public policy. This model government program is a student-driven simulation of state government and political activities, which involves over 1000 Missouri youth in grades 8-12.
At the YIG State Convention, students create their version of state government under the guidelines of the Missouri Constitution. All YIG participants in Missouri come together for this three-day event at the State Capitol. Legislators meet in committees and in the House and Senate chambers to debate legislation. Lobbyists maintain close contact with the legislative process as they support or oppose issues. Attorneys try their cases before student judges and engage in a moot trial competition. The entire event is covered by a student newspaper, published four times in three days, and by a student television news program that airs several times each day. Participants also engage in campaigns and elections for officers who will serve during the following year.
This year’s convention is November 10-12, 2016 in Jefferson City. All 8th -12th graders in the Mexico area are welcome to participate.
Advisors for this program are:
Lori Brandow- YMCA Staff, Garry Hagedorn- Mexico High School, Paul Seigfreid- local attorney, Brendan Webber- former YIG participant, Cheryl Bledsoe- St. Brendan School, Leslie Nichols- Mexico Middle School and former YIG participant and James Bonanno- Missouri Military Academy.
Contact the YMCA for more information.
For more information and downloadable forms go to:
Click the links below for pictures from the YIG conventions
Check out the YIG newspapers from the 2013 convention under "Related Documents" at the bottom of this page.