"Democracy must be learned by each generation."
Colorado Youth in Government is a statewide youth educational program involving more than 200 high school students in a three month "hands on" experience. Since its inception, the program has used a variety of activities to build, encourage, and strengthen those life assets and character traits that will help high school youth become involved responsible adults who are decent and respected citizens. The tool used is a high quality experiential and educational simulation based upon Colorado's state government. The program is very comprehensive, and its impact on the youth participants is dramatic. The core purpose of this highly regarded program is exemplified in the motto "Democracy Must Be Learned By Each Generation."
Youth in Government is the nation’s premier program for students seeking to learn more about the society they live in and will someday be the leaders of. It is also a great resource for parents who would like to give their kids a head start on developing important traits like social responsibility and lifetime learning.
The program is designed to give students the opportunity to participate directly in the major aspects of state government. Students can run for office to become elected youth officials, assess constitutionality as a justice or lawyer, debate legislation as a member of the Senate or House or work as a reporter with the print and broadcast media.
This year, four General Session Trainings (GSTs) will be held: Boulder YMCA, 2850 Mapleton Avenue (Oct 14, 2008, 6:30 PM), Schlessman YMCA Denver, 3901 East Yale Avenue (October 16, 6:30PM), Briargate YMCA Colorado Springs, 4025 Family Place (October 21, 6:30PM), Douglas County (October 23, 6:30PM) Douglas County Commissioners Hearing Room, 100 Third Street, Castle Rock (Location Tentative). Attending one GST is mandatory for ninth grade, tenth grade and first year participants. Students will get an introduction to the program and learn about bill writing and parlimentary procedure.
Participants will attend a pre-legislative session at the Aurora Municipal Center on Saturday October 25, 2008 from 3-6PM. They will hold a candidates debate, elect youth officers, and hear from important government officials.
The program reaches its peak in Denver at the State Capitol with the convening of the three day Model Legislature and Court November 19-21, 2008. There, "real" government moves over and the teen delegates "take over," using the historic halls, chambers, and offices of our State Capitol.
The program is open to all interested Colorado high school students whether or not they are members of the YMCA. The sponsoring organizations, usually (but not exclusively) community YMCAs, form one or more delegations by recruiting teenagers at high schools or through teen outreach programs. In some cases, delegations are sponsored directly by schools or other organizations in order for the program to provide opportunities to all interested high school youth at any location in the State.
Join us this year as the Colorado Youth in Government program embarks on an exciting mission to transform Colorado high school students into future young leaders.
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