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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I join a YMCA Youth and Government program in Oregon?
Dayton High School, Dayton
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
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