Youth and Government Program
Youth and Government is a national YMCA group that involves thousands of teenagers worldwide in programs that model their state government. The New Haven YMCA has been participating in the Youth and Government program since 2006. Between October and March of each year, the teens in the Youth Center meet once to twice a week to discuss and debate issues in their state and to learn how to draft legislation concerning these issues.
The objective of the program is to teach leadership training, public speaking, critical thinking, community activism, political knowledge, and the development of research, reading and writing skills for academic enhancement. The youth’s hard work and dedication is rewarded in a weekend conference at the Legislative Office Buildings in Hartford where they present their bills to other YMCA teens across the state.