Youth & Government

California YMCA Youth & Government is an umbrella organization which operates the following programs: Model Legislature &Court (ML/C), Spring Conference, Conference On National Affairs (CONA), and National Mock Trial Court all for high school students (grades 9-12), and the Model United Nations (MUN) for middle school students (grades 6-8).

The Youth & Government program is a six-month program in which high-school aged delegates (9th-12th grades) learn about California’s government and the changes they can make in their communities. Students will role-play various positions of the California State Legislature and the State Court systems. Students participate by joining their high school delegation and attending weekly meetings where they discuss issues facing California and the ways the legislative and judicial branches can effect change.

Within their delegations students may have the opportunity to:

  • Create bills
  • Research and practice court cases
  • Attend Model Legislature & Court conferences


For more information, contact April Smethurst at (909) 861-3424

California YMCA Youth & Government’s Model Legislature & Court (MLC) has been the state’s premier youth leadership and civic development program since 1948. The MLC creates a six-month learn-by-doing experience that teaches the values of democracy by bringing together a cross-section of the state’s high school students. This program provides them with the opportunity to experience government first-hand and to learn how to solve community problems through the democratic process as well as debate and discuss issues with their peers from throughout California.