Youth in Government
The Y's Youth in Government program is a national program that involves thousands of teens nationwide in state-organized, model-government programs. Students from every corner of the U.S. have the opportunity to immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement and practice democracy. Teens from across every state meet in their local Youth in Government groups throughout the year to discuss and debate issues that affect citizens of their state and to propose legislation. The program culminates with teens serving as delegates at their state conference, debating bills on the floor of the legislature.
The year 2014-15 marks the 64th anniversary of the Oklahoma YMCA Youth in Government program. The Y's Youth in Government program gives high school students from around the state the opportunity to author legislation and debate it in the chambers of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Our Judicial Branch allows students to be witnesses, attorneys, and judges in the Court of Criminal Appeals at the State Capitol. Since the beginning of the program, over 12,000 students have been involved with this unique leadership experience.
We are fortunate to have the financial support of former program participants, such as James Waldo, former Youth Governor. We are also supported by generous contributions from the Hatton W. Sumner Foundation and the Oklahoma Bar Foundation. This support keeps the program fees low to our participants so that students from a variety of backgrounds can enjoy this unique experience.