Youth in Government

What is the purpose of the YMCA Youth in Government program?
The Idaho YMCA Youth in Government is an in-depth educational program that teaches high school students how to be active citizens through a nine-month, interactive experience where they directly participate in the processes of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the Idaho State Government.

Youth in Government offers the opportunity for young people to:

  • research national and international concerns
  • organize this information into a document proposal
  • engage in intensive discussion
  • debate these proposals with peers from other states

In a state as geographically, economically, and politically diverse as Idaho, we believe that it is our responsibility to teach our future leaders the importance of effectively participating in governing our state.

In 2018-2019 256 students from 14 high schools and one YMCA delegate participated in Youth in Government.

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.


2020 Elected Offices »
Regional Conference Youth Supreme Court Memo and Case »
Regional Conference Registration »
Risk Waiver and Code of Conduct Forms »

2020 Youth in Government State Session, April 23 & 24

April 23 & 24, 2019
State Registration »

Submit Bills Here »
Hotel Accommodations Information »
Legislative Schedule »
Youth Supreme Court Schedule »
State Session Bill Book »
Opening Ceremony Script »
Closing Ceremony Script »
House Script »
Senate Script »

Youth Supreme Court Teams

Supreme Court Cases:

Additional Resources:


West Boise YMCA Youth Coordinator – 208 377 9622 ext 441

2019 Conference on National Affairs, June 29–July 4, 2019:

The YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs was started in 1967 as a follow-up to the outstanding state 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!—During the conference there will be one afternoon for recreation. Delegates can choose from mountain climbing, team sports, tennis, swimming, or trips.

Learn more about the conference here:

This program is proudly funded by: