YOUTH IN GOVERNMENT (YIG) is a national program of the Y that involves thousands of teens nationwide in state-organized, model-government programs.

Students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement and to, quite literally, practice democracy in Judicial and Legislative tracks.


Students from Broward and Miami-Dade counties participate in two state conferences; serve as legislators, and debate bills in Florida’s House and Senate chambers.

  • VOICE: Students write their own legislation based on issues that matter to them most.
  • Discuss, organize & research topics as well as increase their awareness of societal issues and solutions.
  • Gain participative leadership and communication skills
  • Present their legislation in committees & chambers.
  • EXPOSURE: Students travel to Orlando and Tallahassee for statewide program conferences and tour local colleges.
  • Experience compatible careers and community involvement
  • Students interact with students and elected officials from across the state.
  • EMPOWER: Students engage in events, build their network, and present their issues on the Florida House & Senate floor.
  • Students lead chapter meetings, round table discussions & weekend trainings.
  • Accountability and respect for the rights of others

Close to 92% of our YIG students come from economically disadvantaged areas in Broward and Miami-Dade County. For them, participating in two statewide conferences that require transportation, 4 nights of hotel accommodations, meals and supplies would not be possible without the support of these partners:

  • Children’s Services Council
  • Pittman Law Group, P.L.
  • Ryder Systems
  • The Salah Foundation
  • YMCA Florida State Alliance

For more information or if you wish to support or partner the YMCA of South Florida Youth In Government program,
please contact: [email protected] or 954 334 9622 x 1043