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Teen Leaders/Youth and Government Dates 2019/2020

Teen Leaders Take Action: October 5, 1-5pm at the YMCA (Free)

Youth and Government Model Assembly: December 7, 10am-5pm at the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Library (Free)

Model UN: March 26-28, 2020 Minneapolis, MN ($360 plus travel and one extra night in the hotel)

Conference On National Affairs: End of June/early July, Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, NC (cost not yet available)

Registration is reqired for all events, contact the YMCA for more information on fees and registration dates.  

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The goal of Teen Leaders is to create great community leaders by devloping practical skills & knowledge through group activities, experiences & volunteerism.  

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Teen Leaders Take Action

What is Youth and Government™?

Dakota Alliance Youth and Government (YAG) is a youth development program emphasizing the Y’s four core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. All are welcome and financial assistance is available.

Youth and Government™, dating back to the late 1930’s, is a national program of the YMCA. It involves thousands of teens nationwide in state-organized, mode-government programs.

The goal of this program is to develop young men and women who will be better citizens by being both knowledgeable and active in determining the future of our democracy.

An exciting and enriching educational experience for all students grades 8-12. No application or elimination process, just a whole lot of fun!  


Objectives and Activities

- To provide training and experience in understanding the legislative process
- To develop critical thinking and analytical abilities
- To provide active participation in the legislative process
- To develop interpersonal communication skills
- To provide awareness of social issues and their possible solutions
- To provide opportunities to hear and respect varying viewpoints
- To encourage active participation in political and public affairs

Would you like to support a local youth participating in Youth and Government? Use this form to donate to a specific student's experience, or to support the general fund of Youth and Government, to help make it more accessible for anyone who wants to participate!  

Model Assembly

In Model Assembly students select their own topics, research and write their own bills, present them in committees of peers, build alliances with people on other committees or Chambers and work together to represent their bills. Bills that pass committee, House and Senate, go to the Youth Governor for signing. Students can also run and be elected to Youth Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, or different Cabinet positions. Or, they can choose to gain experience as a legislator, a member of the media or a lobbyist. Model Assembly is an incredibly immersive program that builds skills in speaking, debating, leadership, problem solving, relationship building and much more. Through this exciting experience, the young people of today will learn to become the leaders of tomorrow!

Thank you to all our wonderful participants and volunteers for making our first Model Assembly a huge success! 

Please watch for news on exciting growth in our Youth and Government program!  

Model United Nations (MUN)

Delegates in grades 8 – 12 “adopt” a country, with a small group of other students, and exercise the art of compromise and diplomacy, to attempt to address pressing global issues. Model United Nations teaches students to be responsible “world citizens” in our global community and work together to find solutions to common problems. Model UN takes place in late March/Early April each year.




Conference on National Affairs (CONA)

More than 600 Youth and Government participants from about 30 states are selected to attend the CONA conference, where they debate issues of national and international importance. The trip happens in early July at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly.

Registration takes place in the Spring and preparation for the conference includes writing a proposal (similar to a bill) on how to make the country/world a better place. The conference is open to 10th – 12th graders.





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