2020/2021 PROGRAM UPDATES
SC Youth in Government is excited for the upcoming school year! Registrations are open now for students at participating high schools and middle schools. This fall we will host a variety of programs, events, and trainings, all of which will include virtual and in-person options. New fall programs include Service Saturdays (locations statewide), YIG Town Halls with elected officials, and the CARE (Connect, Advocate, Reflect, Engage) program to teach participants how to take their passions and interest and learn from experts in the field how to become effective advocates.
The annual Model Legislature and Court Conferences will move to the Spring. Register now to ensure your spot!
Congratulations to the elected and appointed leadership for YIG 2020/2021! Click here to see our list of leaders.
Need to complete an SC YMCA YIG Candidate Profile? Click here to fill out the form.
What is YIG?
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.
YIG scholarships are available! CLICK HERE TO APPLY!
If you are interested in starting a Youth in Government Program at your school, e-mail our Executive Director, Mary Capers Bledsoe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support our Annual Campaign!
- If you are a senior, we ask that you give to be a part of the Class of 2020 Legacy. If you give $20.20, you will get a YIG pop socket. If you give $120.20, you will get a YIG Nalgene.
- If you are a YIG alum who gives $150 or more, you will receive either a YIG Nalgene or a YIG Bucket Hat.
- All donors will be listed on our website, on our social media, and in our Program Guide!
Are you an alumnus of our program?
High School Youth in Government
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.