State Assembly

The annual statewide gathering in Tallahassee, State Assembly is the largest gathering of delegates within the Sr. YIG programs.

Within the State Assembly Program, delegates may serve in a number of different roles.

Presiding Officers:  The qualifications and duties of elected officers are listed in the Candidate section of YIGnet.

Supporting Officers:  Those who choose to serve in an elevated capacity both both before and during State Assembly.

Legislators: Legislative Delegates will serve in one of three chambers based on their current grade and number of years of participation in Youth In Government.

  • Bowen:  This program teaches the skills each delegate needs to fully enjoy the Legislative program in subsequent years. Delegates are exposed to debate, training, public speaking, tours, and most of all, encouragement. Participants in this program have the opportunity to serve not only as Senators & Representatives, but they take on the roles of Page, Clerk, and Presiding Officer. Bowen delegates get the unique opportunity to see the other Youth In Government program areas as well.
  • Sullivan: Senators & Representatives research, write, introduce, debate, and vote on bills that represent issues of interest in their home communities. Working with a co-sponsor prior to State Assembly, these legislators carry on their policy making in the Capitol Building.
  • Williams: Senators & Representatives research, write, introduce, debate, and vote on bills that represent issues of interest in their home communities. These legislators carry on their policy making in the beautiful House and Senate chambers of the Capitol, securing co-sponsors, arguing the merits of proposed legislation and passing policy on to the Governor for final passage or veto.

Attorneys:  Judicial Delegates will serve in one of two levels of our Court System based on their year in school and experience.

  • Supreme Court:  Attorneys research and argue cases before the Supreme Court orally and in writing. Select Attorneys may be asked to work as staff attorneys for the Governor’s cabinet.
  • District Court:  This program teaches the skills each delegate needs to fully enjoy the Judicial program in subsequent years. Attorneys research and prepare a memo before conference. Additionally, these judicial delegates are exposed to debate, training, public speaking, tours, and most of all, encouragement. They also learn the role of judges and supporting officers in the court system.

Lobbyists:  Working in concert with the Legislative, Executive, and Press programs Lobbyists or Directors of Legislative Affairs hold the keys to making or breaking legislation through the power of persuasion.

These State Assembly power players are the “lifelines” for Senators and Representatives as they try to secure co-sponsors, pass their own legislation, and argue other proposed legislation.

Press Corps:  Journalists experience, react to, and report on the happenings of the State Assembly’s sessions by producing a daily publication – Capitol Briefings – and bring publicity to their local Youth In Government YMCA Delegation by securing media coverage in school and community newspapers, radio, and television.

Pages: Serving in an official capacity in the Williams and Sullivan Chambers, Pages serve as the communication links between the legislators and other program areas.

On a limited basis and with the permission of the local YMCA and the State Office; qualified members of Jr. YIG may act as Pages in their 8th grade year.