Youth and Government
Model legislature and court program
California YMCA Youth & Government's Model Legislature & Court (MLC) has been the state's premier youth leadership and civic development program since 1948. The MLC creates a six-month learning-by-doing experience that teaches the values of democracy by bringing together a cross-section of the state's high school students. This program provides them with the opportunity to experience government first-hand and to learn how to solve community problems through the democratic process as well as debate and discuss issues with their peers from throughout California.
The Sacramento Central YMCA's delegation welcomes all interested students in grades 9-12 who want to learn more about state government, meet 2500 new friends from around California, travel, and generally have the time of their lives while adding fabulous experience to their resumes.
Meetings for the next program year will begin August 31, 2017 at 6:30pm for the 2016-17 year. We meet every Wednesday at the Tahoe Park Community Center (5959 8th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95820).
Training & elections conferences
Delegates attend three main conferences each year. The first two training conferences are held in Fresno, CA.
The program culminates with the Model Legislature and Court held in Sacramento. Delegates stay in a four-star, downtown hotel and put to use their skills and training during a 5-day simulated legislative and court session.
All conferences are schedule to take advantage of 3-day weekends to minimize time away from school. Y&G is also a recognized, approved absence in the Education Code, so students cannot be penalized for attending nor do schools lose money from student absences due to participation.
Once in Sacramento, the bills developed by delegations during the fall are debated in committees, then on the floor of the Assembly and/or Senate and, if passed, sent on to the Youth Governor. In addition, other students participate in the additional program areas offered including: The Supreme, Appellate and Trial Courts, Broadcast and Print Media, Lobbyists, Board of Education, The State Constitutional Convention, Political Parties, and The National Issues Commission.
Dylan O'Tarrow, Youth & Government Coordinator
916.452.9622 ext. 109