Youth in Government

2017 Youth in Government State Session date is set!
April 20-21 in Boise, ID

What is the purpose of the YMCA Youth in Government program?
This is a high school program run throughout the state of Idaho. The purpose of the program is to provide a platform upon which involved youth may gain a better understanding of the principles and methods of our democratic form of government.  They will also discover how, through first-hand experience at regional and state sessions, to lobby, defend and pass bills through the House and Senate and actively makes changes for the betterment of our state!

Who may participate?
Idaho’s YMCA Youth in Government program is open to high school students (grades 9-12) in every community in Idaho.  Youth delegations must represent either a school or YMCA group.

Regional Conferences:
South West Regional Conference, November 30, 2016, at Boise State University – Agenda »
North Central Regional Conference, December 7, 2016, at Lewis-Clark State College – Agenda »
South East Regional Conference, (Tentative) January 11, 2017, at Idaho State University – Agenda »
South Central Regional Conference, TBA
Regional Youth Supreme Court Memo and Case »
Elected Offices »
Regional Registration »


State Session:
April 20-21, 2017, Boise, ID
Submit Bills Here »
Legislative Agenda »
Judicial Agenda »
State Session Bill Book 2017 »
Opening Ceremony Script »
Hotel Accommodations Information »
State Registration »

Youth Supreme Court Teams »
Supreme Court Cases:
Will be posted as we get closer to State Session.

Student Handbook »
Advisor Handbook »
Youth Supreme Court Handbook »
Workshop I Materials »
Workshop II Materials »
Youth Supreme Court Workshop »
Bill Format »
Bill Testimony »
Parliamentary Procedures »
Committee Procedures »
Elected Offices Guidelines »
Idaho Legislature »
Idaho Supreme Court »

Youth in Government Coordinator
208 377 9622 ext 441 »

Conference on National Affairs:
The YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs was started in 1967 as a follow-up to the outstanding states Youth in Government programs conducted by the YMCA throughout the U.S. The success of the conference is directly attributed to the leadership of many YMCA professionals and volunteers but mostly to the dedication of the youth involved. National Affairs is a program developed by the YMCA of Montgomery, Alabama. This program offers unique opportunities for a young person to do research in an area of national and international concern, organize this information into a documented proposal, engage in intensive discussion, and debate these proposals with young people from other states.

FUN! There will be one afternoon for recreation. Delegates can choose from mountain climbing, team sports, tennis, swimming, or trips.

2017 Conference on National Affairs – Celebrating 50th Anniversary
July 1st-6th
CONA Information Packet


This program is proudly funded by:

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