Welcome to the South Carolina Youth in Government website
The Horizons Values Conference will be held May 16th-18th at Camp Greenville. This year, we will be holding a middle school values conference, in addition to a high school conference.
The SC YMCA Youth in Government program is open to any middle or high school student in South Carolina.
South Carolina Youth in Government receives awards at the Conference on National Affairs
25 delegates from the SC YMCA YIG program participated in the national Youth in Government Conference on National Affairs. The conferences brings together 600 of the best high school students from around the country. The week was filled with fun and enriching experiences which included making new friends, learning new things and spirited debates.
The South Carolina delegation walked away with the following awards:
YMCA Continues Partnership with Bike Clubs
YMCA YIG partners with Building Dreams Bike Clubs. Bike Clubs provide group mentoring for teens in communities impacted by a high incarceration rate. We partner with them through shared volunteers and participation in Achievers and Youth in Government. We have a shared vision and love the work that they are doing. They share our core values of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
We recently had a summer kick off event with bike club participants, families and model Kiara Kabukuru. Click here to watch an inspiring video in which Kiara discusses bike clubs and their impact on her life.
Youth in Government mourns the loss of a great YIG friend and volunteer
Dean Eichelberger was one of our most devoted, dedicated, and beloved judges for the YIG trial program. Scores, if not hundreds, of young people were blessed to have the luck of the draw that put them in his "courtroom" for their mock trials throughout the years. He loved getting a YIG t-shirt as our meager thanks for his time every year. He was patient and serious about his job as a volunteer judge. We are so sad, and will miss him.
About SC YMCA YIGThe Youth in Government program helps to create the next generation of good citizens. Through our programs, we demystify local, state and national governmental systems so tomorrow's adults will know how to effect change within these systems. We expand horizons so young people will understand their role within a global society.
Students participate in:
The Youth in Government program uses the service-learning model in the firm belief that leadership is developed by doing. High school students help provide leadership for our middle school programs, while college students - alumni of the Youth in Government program - provide leadership for our high school programming. All programs are guided and directed by committed adult volunteers and YMCA professional staff.
If you are interested in starting a Youth in Government Program at your school, e-mail our Executive Director Mary Capers Bledsoe or call her at 864-283-6800. Click here for more information on the program.
2012 Youth in government Delegates