9th-12th Grade Students


The Model Legislature and Court (MLC) program brings together a cross-section of the state's high school students for a six-month, learn-by-doing experience that teaches the values of democracy. High school students throughout Greater Long Beach and its neighboring cities meet in local delegations to discuss major issues facing California. Delegates will learn major leadership, planning, and social skills that will prepare them for two major conferences and for the future. The delegates utilize the skills they are taught to draft legislation and select government positions to role-play.


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Weekly meeting details:

Day/Time: Weekly beginning September 14th, Thursday's from 6:00PM-7:00PM. 

Location: Lakewood Family YMCA 5835 E. Carson St., Lakewood, CA 90713


2023-24 Youth and Government Program Info 

Leadership Development  Camp Oakes, Big Bear, CA October 27-29, 2023
Training and Elections  Camp Roberts, San Miguel, CA November 9-12, 2023
Model Legislature & Court  SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, Sacramento, CA  February 16-19, 2024


 Registration Part 1:  Please register for the YMCA of Greater Long Beach Youth and Government program here: 

Register Here


Registration Part 2: 

Families may qualify to pay anywhere between $100-$850 for the Youth and Government program, depending on the family's household income 

If you're interested in applying for a scholarship, please complete the financial assistance application and be sure to attach required backup as requested on the application form. Your financial assistance application must be turned in at our Welcome Center. 

Financial Assistance Application

Additional scholarships will be available through CAL Y Youth and Government:

More details to come. 




Camp Oakes

Participants will get to enjoy a weekend trip in October at our resident camp in Big Bear, CA for team bonding, building camaraderie and fun activities like archery, hiking and ziplining

camp circle

Camp Roberts

This November, Delegates will be returning to Camp Roberts for the first conference of the program year where they'll explore various program areas as they embark on their Y&G journey



The final conference of the program year takes place in Sacramento, CA where participants will bring to fruition all the skills and knowledge they've gained in their program areas

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