This weekend, from Feb. 13-17, high school participants in Youth and Government (Y&G) will band together and deviate from their daily routines to venture to Sacramento to become mock politicians during the Model Legislature and Court (ML/C) program.
Y&G is a enormous student council maintained by the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) to give students the opportunity to express themselves on many issues facing government. Students from all parts of California will take part in a mock state legislature while spending time with fellow delegates, and many students believe that this extracurricular is changing their lives socially and mentally.
Justin Kim, a sophomore at Crescenta Valley High School, told JSR, “Y&G gives me a chance to come up and speak about my opinions with no repercussions.”
Similar to many political conventions, delegates form into different sub-committees and create bills that they believe will improve our government.
Youth and Government goes above and beyond revealing politics; they help the community around them as well. When students join the fun activities , they are required to help around their neighborhood by participating in community service.
In an interview with JSR, Corona-Norco Family YMCA president David Escobar said, “We go around senior homes and help clean areas around our community to represent our Youth and Government. We discover a sense of pride in which we can say that we helped those in need of saving.”