The 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.
The 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 our Program Director Ian Rutledge or call our office at 864-283-6800.
The dates for the 2018 Model Legislature programs have been announced! The High School Model Legislature & Court will be held November 14-17 and the Middle School Model Legislature will be held November 11-13.
Take a look at the legislation that was presented at the 2017 High School Model Legislature & Court conference:
High School Model Legislature & Court Conference
South Carolina YMCA Youth in Government's Model Legislature & Court Conference (HSML&C) has been the state's premier youth leadership and civic development program for the past 30 years. HSML&C creates a semester long learn-by-doing experience that teaches the values of democracy by bringing together high school students from across the state.