Youth and Government™ is a national program of the Y that involves thousands of teens in state-organized, model-government programs. Students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement and to, quite literally, practice democracy.

Teens from across every state meet in their local Youth and Government™ groups throughout the year to discuss and debate issues that affect citizens of their state and to propose legislation. The program culminates with teens serving as delegates at their state conference, debating bills on the floor of the legislature.

In Maine, more than 150 high school students take over the State House in Augusta for a weekend each November. We are proud to have student delegations from all over the state – from Caribou, to Winslow, to Machias, to Kittery.

To learn more about the Maine Youth & Government program, visit its website.