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Sponsor a Delegate at the 2016 Massachusetts Youth & Government Conference

To support a Massachusetts Youth & Government Delegate at the 2016 Conference, please complete and return our Delegate Sponsorship form.

Democracy Must be Learned by Each Generation

Massachusetts Youth & Government supports values-based leadership and civic engagement. With support of volunteers, teachers, elected officials from across the Commonwealth and YMCA staff, Massachusetts Youth & Government provides education and opportunities for teens in the Commonwealth. Massachusetts Youth & Government participants strengthen their communities by becoming active and responsible contributors who are inspired to lead, and empowered to create meaningful change.

Y & G Program Overview

Youth & Government Delegates

Program Highlights:

  • Meet other students from across the Commonwealth and the Country
  • Discuss issues of local, state, national, and international importance
  • Connect with real-life state officials and community leaders
  • Exercise leadership and public speaking skills that you can use for the rest of your life
  • Practice skills that will you enhance your college resumes and applications

Youth & Government Program Overview:

Youth & Government delegates will work with their local delegation either through their school or YMCA. Delegates will travel with delegations and advisers to state sponsored events where they will receive training and education to prepare them for the annual conference. Each branch requires the delegates to produce a piece of written work as either a bill, legal brief or news article. During conference delegates will participate in the branch of their choice as they would if they were a legislator, lobbyist, a member of the press, attorney or justice.

Delegates in Youth & Government can seek appointed or elected positions throughout their years of participating and can also apply to attend the Conference on National Affairs (CONA) where they will present and debate with over 700 delegates from across the country.

Delegate Participation:

Legislative: Delegates will learn how to write legislation, present it in committee and have the chance to present their final bill on the actual House or Senate floor during Annual Conference.

  • Legislative Leadership: Governor, LT. Governor, Speaker of the House, President of the Senate, Committee Chairs, and Cabinet members.

Judicial: Delegates will learn the roles of attorneys and justices as they work through an actual case and create legal briefs. Judicial delegates can choose to participate in the Appellate or Mock Trial program. Delegates will work through their cases in real trial time during the annual conference.

  • Judicial Leadership: Attorney General, Attorneys General, Chief Justice, Justices

Press Corps: Delegates selected to represent the press have the opportunity to produce newspapers and videos highlighting each event and the annual conference. This is very creative and can be molded to the skill sets of the press members.

  • Press Leadership: Editor in Chief, Photo Editor, Social Media Editor

Lobbyists: The lobbying program allows delegates the greatest opportunity to showcase their opinions on bills. Lobbying delegates will write a bill and present it along with the legislative delegates. Lobbyists will be assigned to a committee and will research the bills assigned to the committee (10-12) and will have an allotted time to speak on each bill during committee hearings.

  • Lobbyist Leadership: Head lobbyist

Who can participate?

High School and Middle School students grades 6-12. Middle school delegates will be paired with returning delegates in their branches.

Adult advisers can be YMCA staff, teachers, volunteers or alumni of the program. Please contact the State Director to locate a nearby delegation or to learn how to start one at your YMCA or School. Please note that alumni volunteers will need to be associated with an existing delegation.

Youth & Government Events:

  • 3 Full Day Pre-Legislative Sessions with Learning Labs
  • Annual “Buddy-Up” Overnight
  • 3 Day Annual Conference at the Massachusetts State House and the Omni Parker House Hotel
  • Governor’s Ball
  • Conference on National Affairs (application/selection process to attend)

Want to Join the Movement?

Contact us to locate a delegation near you or learn how to start one at your school or YMCA.

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