Inspire A Passion For Democracy

Legislators debating bills in both the House and Senate chambers. The Governor threatening a veto. Reporters acting on a hot tip to break a big story. Supreme Court Judges considering arguments from youth attorneys during a mock trial.

Government as usual? Not quite. They are all students participating in the Missouri YMCA Youth In Government (YIG) State Conventions held each fall at the State Capitol in Jefferson City. It is the culmination of months of preparation by Youth In Government delegations which have been meeting all fall to prepare for the three-day mock government session.

This experience is designed to familiarize students with the decision-making process at the state level.  Since 1949, YIG has provided students with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and experience democracy. Youth I Government is a student-driven simulation of state government and political activities, which involves over 800 Missouri youth in grades 8-12. Beginning in the fall of each year, students come together in their local delegations to choose their roles and register appropriately with YIG. Throughout the fall, students work in their local delegations to prepare for the State Convention by completing the required work for each program area. All of this training and preparation culminates with the annual State Convention.