As the political division in our country grows larger, it can seem harder, if not impossible, to find common ground. Through the YMCA's Youth & Government Program, students discuss and debate issues that affect citizens, propose possible legislation to make government more efficient and craft their own bills.

What is Youth & Government?

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine’s Youth & Government Program helps young people ages 12-18 develop into strong citizens who are both knowledgeable and active in determining the future of our democracy. During the program, students discuss and debate issues that affect citizens, propose possible legislation to make government more efficient and craft their own bills.

Who is eligible to enroll in the program?

The program is open to all middle and high school students ages 12-18 in our community. Participants do not have to be a YMCA of Greater Brandywine (YGBW) member to attend and there is no cost to attend the program. (If a participant would like to attend the virtual model conference where students from across the state will debate their bills, there is a small fee. However, YGBW will be organizing its own model conference as well and there will be no charge to attend that.)

When is the program held?

The program begins on Monday, February 8 and is held weekly on Mondays from 6:00-7:30 PM. Participants can join the program at any time.

Where is the program being held?

The program is being held virtually.

How much does the program cost?

There is no cost to attend the program (If a participant would like to attend the virtual model conference where students from across the state will debate their bills, there is a small fee. However, YGBW will be organizing its own model conference as well and there will be no charge to attend that.) and you do not have to be a YMCA of Greater Brandywine member. Equipping young people with the skills and experience to participate in our government is critical to our mission of ensuring everyone in our community grows strong in spirit, mind and body.