Youth in Government


The Wisconsin YMCA Youth in Government program provides teens with a unique opportunity to learn how to be civically engaged by acting as state legislators, lawyers, justices, and members of the media.  Students simulate all phases and positions of the actual state government and are challenged with many of the same issues our real legislators must face in their elected offices.

The program is open to all students in grades 7-12 and engages hundreds of students from across the state each year.  During the culminating conference in Madison, participants take over the historic halls and chambers of the Wisconsin State Capitol and Supreme Court. Legislation is debated and court cases are decided as students apply skills they have gained in the program. 

YIG is an experience like none other - a fun and immersive three days where students come together to explore ideas, meet new friends from all over the region, find a place where they belong, and leave inspired to take action that makes a difference in their communities.


Youth In Government runs roughly from October 26 through March 5. The delegation meets weekly at the Manitowoc-Two Rivers YMCA. All students who participate in Youth In Government must attend a majority of the meetings. 

More Information

If you would like to learn more, visit the links below.  Contact Barb Schmidt at 920.482.1566 or with any questions.