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 in grades 6 - 12 to 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. Students will have the option of attending the Model Conference in the spring and serve as club leaders. 

Who is eligible to enroll in the program?

The program is open to all middle and high school students in grades 6 - 12.  Participants do not have to be a YMCA of Greater Brandywine (YGBW) member to attend.

When is the program held?

The program runs October 2021 -  April 2022 with a Model Conference in Spring 2022.

Where is the program being held?

The program is being offered at the Brandywine, Jennersville, Oscar Lasko and West Chester YMCAs.