Future Leaders Initiative
Ohio Alliance of YMCAs Foundation
The YMCA Youth in Government program is a civics program targeted toward high school and middle school students that provides education and leadership training in the principles of a democratic society. The mission of the YMCA Youth in Government (“YIG”) is to help create the next generation of thoughtful, committed, and active citizens. The purpose of YIG is to bring the workings of state government to life for students. The YIG program and activities create opportunities for students to discuss current issues with state administrators, elected officials, and students from schools and YMCAs throughout the state of Ohio. The first Youth in Government was organized in 1936 in the state of New York, and its original goal was to inspire and train youth to enter politics. Since then, the program has evolved and operates with a broader civic engagement goal. Currently, there are active YIG programs in 38 states. All the states are connected by the YMCA of the USA and guided by a common motto: Democracy must be learned by each generation. In 2006, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and former governor of Colorado and superintendent of Los Angles Unified School District Roy Romer expressed: “ We should be troubled by another shortcoming of American Schools. Most young people today simply do not have an adequate understanding of how our government and political system work, and they are thus not well prepared to participate as citizens.” YIG will help these students become active citizens.
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