Youth and Government
MODEL LEGISLATURE AND COURT PROGRAM
(9th – 12th Grade participants)
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.
MODEL UNITED NATIONS PROGRAM
(6th – 8th Grade participants)
California YMCA Youth & Government has offered the Model United Nations (MUN) program to middle school students throughout the state since 2001. Middle school students (delegates) participate in the program with their peers. They are given the opportunity to discuss international issues, discover other cultures, develop life-enhancing skills, and make new friends. The four-month program culminates when delegates from around the state meet at the annual Model United Nations Summit in Los Angeles, California.
Dylan O'Tarrow, Youth & Government Coordinator