A model government experience for teens in grades 9-12


YMCA Youth and Government™ is a teen program of the YMCA of the USA that allows high school students to serve in state-organized, model-government programs. 

Youth and Government is made up of thousands of teens nationwide and introduces them to the world of speech and debate, empowering them to make a positive impact on their community. Participants immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement, state-specific debate issues, and even propose legislation.

Throughout the year, high school participants research and analyze policies and laws affecting youth, teens, and families in the state. In the spring, they have the exciting opportunity to present mock bills or amendments at the Virginia Capital during the Model General Assembly.


WHO: Grades 9-12

WHEN: Weekly on Tuesday 6:30pm-8pm, starting 9/17

WHERE: Brooks Family YMCA

FEE: $60 for members, $90 for non-members



Registration opens August 1, 2024.

Spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Ashley at awright@piedmontymca.org or (434) 974-9622 with any questions!

Reserve your child’s spot online here: 

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1) If you have signed up for YMCA programs before, you already have a Daxko account! Please log in to your existing account to register your child(ren) for Leaders Club. Select “forgot password” if necessary.  

2) If you are a NEW USER, you will be asked to create a FREE, NON-MEMBER user account in Daxko. 

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3) While you are creating a new Daxko account, when it asks if you’d like to ADD ANOTHER MEMBER, please say “yes” and add your child(ren) to your account.

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4) Once your Daxko account is created, navigate to Programs → After School → 2022-23 Youth & Government to sign your child(ren) up for the program.  

5) Please make a reservation for each child who will be attending Youth & Government.


Questions? Contact Ashley Wright at awright@piedmontymca.org