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.
If you are interested in starting a Youth in Government Program at your school, e-mail our Director of Recruitment Jessica Sharp 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?
Important Student Links
- Model UN is currently postponed. Please check back for additional updates.
- If you are a middle school student attending MUN who is interested in serving as a clerk, apply online here.
- Are you interested in applying for a leadership role for the 2020 High School Model Legislature & Court Conference? The application can be found here.
- Are you a judicial student who is interested in serving as a Justice for the 2020 High School Model Legislature & Court Conference? The application can be found here.
Check back soon for the Horizons Values Conference Registration form and the YIG Day at the Statehouse Registration Form!
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.