ENGAGE IN DEMOCRACY
Youth and Government™ is a national program of the Y that involves thousands of teens nationwide in state-organized, model-government programs. Students from every corner of the U.S. have the opportunity to immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement and to, quite literally, practice democracy. Teens from across every state meet in their local Youth and Government™ groups throughout the year to discuss and debate issues that affect citizens of their state and to propose legislation. The program culminates with teens serving as delegates at their state conference, debating bills on the floor of the legislature.
Kennedy, has been a part of the Y’s Youth and Government program for two years. After relocating to Texas from Flint, Michigan, Kennedy made it his focus to continue his participation in the program and fought to get the YG program at his new school. After recruiting 10 students from Timberview High School, Kennedy began his running for Youth Governor in Texas. His platform, building a stronger Youth and Government presence in the state of Texas, won the nomination at the District Conference. Of two governor delegates, Kennedy was elected the Texas Youth Governor at the State Conference in Austin, the AMA YMCA’s first Youth Governor in the program.
Emilie Marez, Program Director
Youth Engagement Services YMCA