Since 1949, Missouri YMCA Youth In Government (YIG) has provided students with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and experience democracy. Based on the motto “Democracy Must Be Learned By Each Generation”, YIG is a statewide educational program that involves over 700 Missouri youth each year in various programs. These include our Model Government Program (State Convention), Executive Branch Leadership Institute, YMCA Advocacy Day, and Conference on National Affairs.
Through Youth In Government, students are provided with an opportunity to engage in discussions and debates on many critical issues facing our state and society. They learn to respect other points of view, while at the same time advocating their position on an issue. They interact with fellow students from around the state, while also having invaluable contact with adult role models, leaders, and public policy makers.
For many, participation in YIG is an opportunity to develop as a leader. The program can help students make a career choice and approach this career with increased interest and confidence. Alumni of the program go on to do many great things in life. The most important thing is that they become active, engaged, and responsible citizens in the American democratic process.