The YMCA of Greater Williamson County with the support of board members, John Smith, Charlie Culpepper and Will Peckham, CEO Jeff Andresen, Executive of Licensed Child Care Brian Spence and the Leander Independent School District’s Veronica Sopher, were able to start their first Youth and Government program in August of 2014 at Leander High School. Principal Tiffany Spicer and Yearbook Teacher Danielle Bell, along with YMCA staff Sophia Griffin, were charged with developing their own Y&G program that would help guide students to becoming educated and involved citizens. Starting with around twenty students and ending with a core crew of seven, these high school students worked hard for several months honing their journalism skills to create a strong Media team. Students wrote articles, learned about new social media mediums, took beautiful photographs all while discovering the importance of being engaged with their state’s political process. At the Austin District Conference in November, Junior Jack Densmore, Seniors Juan Miguel Perez and Caroline Cravens each won a Distinguished Delegate award. All seven Leander students received recognition during the awards ceremony for their quality work and dedication. The entire team was accepted to the State Conference, which took place in January at the Texas State Capitol. Exceeding expectations, Jack Densmore and Juan Miguel Perez, again, won Distinguished Delegate awards and the Leander team was awarded with the title of Distinguished Delegation. The YMCA of Greater Williamson County is very proud of the work these students have accomplished and look forward to the expansion of their Youth & Government program on the firm foundation this team has built.