Youth in Government
The YMCA Youth in Government program has two parts: Youth Legislature and Youth Judicial. Each program focuses on educating teens on local issues and our legal system. Students who are enrolled in the 8th-12th grade are eligible to enroll in the Youth in Government program.
The Youth Legislature part develops confidence, sharpens writing, research, and public speaking skills, and provides a better understanding of citizens’ power in a democratic society to the delegates. Additionally, they will learn about the variety of views and issues around Alabama as they discuss solutions and alternatives to problems facing their own communities.
The Youth Judicial part of the program is a three-day mock trial, where teens work with legal professionals in their communities to develop an understanding of real-life case law and the role of the court system in a democratic society.
Our community's future rests in the hands of the next generation
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