Upcoming Events

National Advocacy Days
Date: Mar 5, 2018 to Mar 8, 2018
High School YG District 1
Date: Mar 22, 2018 to Mar 24, 2018
High School YG District 2
Date: Apr 19, 2018 to Apr 21, 2018

YOUTH ASSEMBLY

Local Delegations work together on debate practices, service-learning projects, fundraising efforts and State Assembly preparation prior to the State Conference.

The purpose of this three-day learning opportunity is to bring the workings of the Ohio state government alive to students in grades 6-12.  Students are given an opportunity to discuss current state issues with state administrators, elected officials, and students from other schools throughout the state.

Each conference is led by teens elected to office by their fellow representatives.  Held annually at the Statehouse in Columbus.  Volunteers and the YMCA Staff, help guide the students through mock committee meetings and procedures.  Students debate and vote on the bills that their fellow peers have written and presented.  Bills that pass in committee are then taken to the floor of the House or Senate for full debate and vote.

Youth hold offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the House and President of the Senate.  Participants also engage in campaigns and elections for officers who will serve during the following year.

Sample Youth and Government Schedule

Executive Branch Program

The Executive Branch Program allows students the opportunity to experience the executive branch of state government in Ohio.

During the Youth Assembly, opportunities for students to participate include Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the House and many more.  Elections take place during the Youth Assembly to elect the executive officers, who then serve for next year.

Judicial Program

The goal of the Judicial Program is to expose high school students to the formal judicial process.  The program promotes leadership through a Chief Justice and the use of practicing attorneys who not only judge the students, but also serve as mentors.  The Judicial Program also promotes collaboration and compromise through the use of teams of attorneys and teams of judges working together to accomplish their goals.

Legislative Program

The Legislative Program is based as closing as possible to the Ohio General Assembly.  The program strives to turn the ideas of Ohio youth into formal laws by writing, debating, and voting on legislation according to the specific rules and procedures.

Lobbyist Program

The goal of the Lobbyist Program is to promote the ideas of the civic involvement and leadership.  Students engage in research, preparation of issue position papers, legislative proposal packets and persuasive speaking to advocate their issues before committee meetings, and one-on-one interaction with members of the Youth General Assembly.  Further, the Lobbyist Program encourages collaboration and compromise as lobbyist work with other participants in Youth Assembly, as well as each other, to achieve their goals.

Media / Press Program

Participants engage in actual writing, interviewing, commentary, editing, photography, graphics, production of a website and video news report.

Page Program

Work with assigned chambers Presiding and Supporting Officers to help the chamber run smoothly.

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