"Democracy must be learned by each generation."

YMCA Youth and Government is a six-month program in which high school delegates role play various positions within the California State Legislature and the State Court systems. Students participate by joining local YMCA delegations. Within these delegations, they create bills to be submitted to the Model Legislature, research and practice court cases, and attend the three annual Model Legislature and Court conferences.

Weekly Meetings: Delegates meet once a week to discuss issues facing California, as well as ways to implement their solutions through the legislative and judicial processes. Delegates will write and debate bills, prepare briefs, practice public speaking, and make new friends.

Visit the California YMCA Youth and Government website for additional information.

Click here to see the program guide

2017-2018 Program Info 

Leadership Development Camp Oakes  
Bill Hearing Long Beach City Chambers  
Training and Elections Conference I Fresno, CA Nov. 10-12, 2017-
Training and Elections Conference II Fresno, CA Jan. 13-15, 2018
70th Model Legislature and Court Sacramento, CA Feb. 15 - 19, 2018


Need services learning hours or looking to get more involved in your community?  The Los Altos YMCA is a great place to get work experience while also being a part of a supportive family.

High School interns complete at least one season with the program (Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer) where they volunteer with a variety of program areas from academic enrichment/childcare and kids club to day camp, Welcome Center, and community events!

We are always looking for outstanding teens to join us! Please fill out a volunteer application form and drop it off at the Welcome Center at the Los Altos Family YMCA.

Please contact Eva Blacconiere, Teen Program Coordinator, for any questions or call the YMCA at 562.596.3394