Hundreds of Future Leaders Gather at the Capital of Texas for the Youth & Government District Conference
Austin, TX – For more than 160 years nationwide, the Y has been known as an advocate of healthy living. But we are so much more than most people realize. In fact, we are also heavily focused on youth development, and our Youth & Government program is a great example of our commitment. On Saturday, November 23, more than 200 middle- and high-school students from Austin, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi gathered at Austin High School for a special competition called the YMCA Youth & Government South Texas District Conference. The purpose of the YMCA Youth & Government program, which first began in 1936 in New York, is to bring the workings of state government alive in students. As of 2012, the program operated in 37 states including the District of Columbia; and has served 47,000 students around the country. Youth & Government creates an opportunity for participants to discuss current state issues with state administrators, elected officials, and students from high schools and YMCAs throughout the state. This year teen leaders formed a mock state government and competed in sections such as judicial trial court, appeals, legislative, media, and model UN. Through the district conference, these future leaders improved their public speaking, leadership, and critical thinking skills as well as building self-esteem and strengthening their character. The winners of the each section earned their spot to represent the South Texas District and compete against other teen leaders across the state at the Youth & Government State Conference which will be held at the Texas State Capitol in January 31, 2014.
Congratulations to all our District Distinguished Delegates!
See winners here!
Check out the student-produced news piece from the YMCA Youth & Government District Conference here and photos from the event here!