Youth and Government
YMCA Youth And Government (YAG) 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 YAG State Convention, students create their version of state government under the guidelines of the Missouri Constitution. All YAG 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. 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.
Advisors for this program are:
Lori Brandow- YMCA Staff,
Cheryl Bledsoe- St. Brendan School,
Leslie Nichols- Mexico Middle School
Jacob Lauer and Brendan Webber- Former YIG participants
Contact the YMCA for more information.
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Click the links below for pictures from the YIG conventions