What is MSML? 

South Carolina YMCA Youth in Government's Model Legislature (MSML) has been the state's premier youth leadership and civic development program for the past 12 years. MSML creates a semester long learn-by-doing experience that teaches the values of democracy by bringing together middle school students from across the state. The conference provides delegates an opportunity to learn how to solve community problems through the democratic process as well as debate and discuss issues with their peers from throughout South Carolina. Over 500 middle school students participate in this three-day conference.

When and where is the conference held? 

The conference is held each year in Columbia, SC the week immediately prior to Thanksgiving. During the day, students will be at the statehouse. At night, all students conduct all activities at local conference hotels.  

What do delegates do at the Conference?

While at the conference, students participate in a simulation of South Carolina's democratic process. Acting as Senators and Representatives, students write, debate and vote on legislation. As candidates, students experience the rich spectrum of activity that constitutes our political process. As media delegates, students publish a newspaper. Officers elected by students serve as Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker of the House

How much is the conference?

The Youth in Government MSML conference is $335/delegate. This includes all conference materials, hotel fees (all middle school delegates stay at the Courtyard Marriott hotel), and two meals. Need based scholarships are available.

How do students participate?

Students traditionally participate in the Youth in Government program through their school or another community group.

Questions? Want to start a program at your school?

If you have questions, please contact our Program Director- Ian Rutledge at irutledge@ymcagreenville.org or 864.283.6800 ext. 22.

Are you an advisor looking for conference documents, deadlines, and materials?

2017 Middle School advisor packets are available here!

Are you a middle school student in an existing club and looking to register for the conference?

Register here!

The 2017 Middle School Leadership Lock-in will be held on October 6th & 7th at the YMCA Program Center in Simpsonville, SC. Want to be a part of it?

Register today here!

Need some help preparing for the conference? Check out these training videos: