Here are a few of the Next Generation Standards fulfilled through YIG
Experience the responsibilities of citizens at the local, state, or federal levels.
Develop a plan to resolve a state or local problem by researching public policy alternatives, identifying appropriate government agencies to address the issue, and determining a course of action.
Examine multiple perspectives on public/current issues.
Conduct a service project to further the public good.
Illustrate local, state and federal lawmaking processes.
Identify Faculty Sponsor(s).
Finding a faculty member (or members) that will champion the program at your school is vital to sustainable success.
Choose Your Model.
Decide which model (Extracurricular or Co-Curricular) best fits the needs of your school and faculty sponsors.
Contact the State Office so we can put you in touch with YMCA Staff that will serve your school and chapter!
A faculty member at the school serves as the Chapter Advisor for a YMCA Jr. Youth In Government Chapter. The chapter meets on campus (usually in the classroom of the advisor) once a week on a set day either before or after school. The chapter is based at the school as a student club and affiliates with the YMCA Association serving the area.
Students who join will author legislation individually or as a group, and debate issues and legislation currently before the Florida Legislature. Chapters meet throughout the year to prepare for our YMCA Youth In Government Jr. State Assembly, a statewide model government session for middle school delegates held in early April.
The YMCA Youth In Government Program Coordinator serves as a constant resource to the Chapter Advisor. This includes training for the Advisor prior to recruitment of students, as well as year-round support for chapter administration, debate resources, civic engagement opportunities, and coordination of all logistics for our Jr. State Assembly.
Faculty members teaching Grade 7 Civics use our 2-3 week YMCA Jr. Youth In Government Curriculum as part of their course, culminating in a daylong in-school model legislative session for all Civics classes.
Following the unit and model session, students interested in presenting and debating their bills at our Jr. State Assembly work with a faculty member to continue their preparation as members of a chapter, and the interested students in grades 6 and 8 are given the opportunity to join.
The YMCA Youth In Government Program Coordinator serves as a curricular resource and mentor teacher, helping faculty members implement our program lesson plan in a way that accommodates their unique teaching styles and course calendars. This includes a half or full day lesson plan development and training session.
The YMCA Coordinator will also work with the teacher or teachers on the planning and execution of the culminating model legislative session. Following the session, students will receive information on bringing their legislation to the Jr. State Assembly, and the YMCA Coordinator provides the faculty member designated as the Chapter Advisor with the same support and resources described in the extracurricular program.