YMCA Youth and Government™ is a nationwide civic engagement and servant leadership program that provides students in high school with the opportunity to represent and serve their communities through model government, leadership and professional development, advocacy, and service-learning.

Youth and Government collectively serves over 55,000 students through 42 state programs across the country, including Washington, DC.

Students can participate through a Youth and Government student organization at their school and/or through their local YMCA. These school-based or YMCA-based groups are led by student officers, and advised by school faculty, community volunteers, and/or YMCA staff.

​For more information, contact Oregon State Youth and Government Director, Marisa Fink at executive@oregonymcas.org

Where can I join a YMCA Youth and Government program in Oregon?

Dayton High School, Dayton 

McKay High School, Salem (2020 news article)

Newberg High School, Newberg

Sherwood High School, Sherwood 

Sherwood YMCA (coming soon)

South Salem High School, Salem

West Salem High School, Salem 

West Albany High School, Albany

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2021 Governor-Elect Alec Palm

75th OR Youth Governor
West Salem High School

Notable alumni of the Youth & Government program include:

  • South Bend Indiana Mayor Peter Buttigieg, Former Presidential Candidate

  • Oregon State Representative Paul Evans

  • Former Ohio U.S. Senator John Glenn

  • State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser

  • U.S. Representative Tammy Baldwin

  • Eric Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs

  • Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law Professor

  • Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

  • Congressman Dennis Ross, FL

  • Christa McAuliffe was a YAG advisor in NH before she was chosen to be on the Challenger

  • George H. Gallup (founder of Gallup Pollng) conducted some of his first state polls with NJ YAG delegates