HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO TAKE PART IN YOUTH IN GOVERNMENT?
Students in grades 6-12 may be members of Florida YMCA Youth In Government. Chapters and YMCA Delegations may have both Sr. YIG (grades 9-12) and Jr. YIG (grades 6-8) members. Our State Assembly serves students in grades 9-12 and Jr. Assembly serves students in grades 6, 7 and 8.
HOW DOES A STUDENT GET INVOLVED IN YOUTH IN GOVERNMENT?
Students participate in Youth In Government programs through local chapters. Delegations are operated by local YMCAs, schools or community organizations. Contact the Youth In Government State Office for the current list of YMCA Delegations and local YMCA branch contacts.
HOW CAN I START A NEW YOUTH IN GOVERNMENT CHAPTER AT MY SCHOOL?
Start by talking with YMCA leaders, school administrators and teachers, and leaders in your community or school to let them know of your interest. Then contact the Youth In Government State Office for assistance.
The State Office will be able to advise you about the state of the YIG programs in your area and get you plugged in. Additionally, a number of tools are available to help YMCA and school leaders understand Youth In Government and the benefits of hosting the program.
WHEN DO YOUTH IN GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS TAKE PLACE?
Youth In Government programs happen year-round! Chapters typically follow a school year calendar and take a break during the summer months. Our State Assembly is held in mid-February and Jr. Assembly in the spring (late March or early May).
WHAT DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUTH IN GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS?
Costs of participation vary by Chapter and YMCA delegation. Contact your local Delegation Leader for the program fees in your area.
WHAT IF I CAN’T AFFORD TO PARTICIPATE?
The YIG State Office works with donors and community leaders to subsidize the cost for all of our delegates. In addition, scholarships from the local YMCA delegation and assistance through Chapter fundraising may be available. If you have financial need, please see your Delegation Leader for a financial assistance application form.
All applicants will be asked to pay a portion of the program fees.
The YMCA does not turn away participants based on ability to pay the program fees. Within our available resources, every effort will be made to accommodate all who wish to participate in YMCA Youth in Government programs.
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