The Youth and Government program serves to educate and enhance the development of middle school and high school age students across the country. Teens are provided the opportunities to use their thoughts, voice, and actions to grow and contribute as productive members of society. Through this process we hope to build socially responsible, civic-minded citizens with strong academic and social interpersonal skills that further theirs, and our future. The program has inspired many young people to enter politics and allied fields such as law and service to others.

Teens who join Youth and Government will further develop the skills and present at the Annual Youth and Government State Conference held at the Capitol through the following paths:

  • Executive
  • Legislative
  • Judicial
  • Lobbyist
  • Press

Program Benefits

  • Enhance your public speaking, written and oral communication, and more.
  • Learn the framework of New York State’s government.
  • Successfully draft your own legislation, develop briefs, prepare for lobbying, & more.
  • Meet and learn from public official, attorneys, lobbyists, and advocates.
  • Attend regional, state, and national conferences for FREE or at a reduced cost.
  • Receive Awards and potential scholarships.
  • Receive a YMCA Membership.

Want to get involved? Email agomes@cdymca.org

Participating Schools:

Rensselaer County

  • Averill Park High School
  • Columbia High School
  • Rensselaer High School
  • Troy Prep High School
  • Troy High School

Schenectady County

  • Schenectady High School 
  • Niskyauna High School

Albany County

  • Albany High School
  • Albany Leadership Charter School for Girls
  • Cohoes High School 
  • Green Tech High School
  • Guilderland High School 
  • Bethlehem High School
  • Shaker High School

Montgomery County

  • Amsterdam High School 

Saratoga County

  • Shenendehowa High School
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