Youth In Government

The Colorado YMCA’s Youth in Government Program gives students first-hand knowledge of how government works.

Every year, students learn about the state’s democratic system and how laws and government shape people’s lives. They explore all major aspects of state government, filling roles as politicians, lobbyists, attorneys and journalists.

Youth in Government is a three-month leadership program that lets you get involved and get ahead with: 

  • Real-life experience as a legislator, lobbyist, judge or journalist
  • Improve skills in public speaking, writing, law, and debate
  • Demonstrate initiative and leadership that the future will require -- and colleges will look for!

This program is ideal for students who are interested in:

  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Government
  • Any field that requires critical thinking and presentation skills including sales, marketing, engineering, technology and more 

Get involved! Financial assistance is available here.

Conference on National Affairs (CONA) is one of the most unique, patriotic, and incredible experiences that you have the opportunity to experience. CONA goes beyond what state YIG programs can. You are able to meet people from all over the country who are passionate about what you are passionate about. You engage in rooms and debate with the future leaders of our country.

July 1-6th, 2023 Black Mountain, North Carolina YMCA YOUTH CONFERENCE ON NATIONAL AFFAIRS — This is the web home for the YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs ( Cost $800 per delegate, includes accommodations, flight, most meals, conference fee and materials 

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The annual National Judicial Competitions (NJC) is for high school students to participate in the model judicial components (mock trial and appellate/moot court) of the YMCA YIG program. Each youth and government state programs select students from their state to compete in either the mock trial or appellate court competitions at NJC. 

NJC (National Judicial Competition) First week of August, Minneapolis, Minnesota Cost $600 per delegate, includes accommodations, flight, some meals, conference fee and materials

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