Youth and Government™ is a teen program that introduces teens to speech and debate and how it can be used to transform their community. The high school program allows teens to represent the YMCA when it comes to bringing positive change to the Y’s footprint. Throughout the year, the teens get to research policies and laws set in the state that impact fellow youth, teens, and families. In the spring, the teens have the opportunity to bring a mock bill or amendment to the Virginia Capital at Model General Assembly (MGA). MGA is operated like the legislative system. Teens serve as delegates, senators, lobbyists, elected officers, and more.
- October to April
- Bi-weekly meetings
- Quarterly retreats and special events
- YMCA of Virginia Peninsulas YAG participates in the Virginia YMCA’s Model General Assembly in Richmond, VA.