State Affairs Forum


Governor’s Cabinet and Lobbyist

2023-2024 Program Year Update

Welcome to the 2023-2024 program cycle, Texas YG Re-Ignited middle and high school State Conferences! We hope everyone having an enjoyable summer with time to recharge and reset to a healthy mind, body, and spirit. We are excited to plan our program with this year’s YG Officers, Section Leaders, and Y Staff.

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Texas YG Individual Registration opens on September 1st

H.S. State Conference: February 1st – 4th 2024

M.S. State Conference: March 1st – 3rd 2024

We have volunteer opportunities in the Austin, Houston, Ft Worth, Dallas, and Midland areas! Each district will be hosting its District Conference in the first 2 weeks of November. Sign up to help in the general conference help like set up/breakdown, check-in, lunch, hall monitor, or as an evaluator! A legal background is recommended for evaluators but NOT required because training will be provided. Learn more about where you can help by clicking HERE!

Student Testimonials

Each year, we survey our student and adult participants after the State Conferences to gain feedback about our program and identify areas for improvement. The input we receive is extremely valuable.  Some student comments reflecting the impact of Texas Youth and Government are shown below.

“To be a citizen of the United States, it is important to understand how the government works. We need to be aware of how the government works so we can become involved as young adults. I first joined YMCA Youth and Government because I heard about it through a friend. I stayed in the club because I enjoyed the leadership and teamwork skills the club offers.”
“YG provides us with understanding of the government so we will be able to make informed decisions once we are able to vote.”
“YG is a cool way to learn about our government.”
“I joined to get experience and to get a better understanding of how the court system runs.”
“I liked the opportunity to collaborate with students from across the state in creating a newspaper.”
“Throughout the course of human history, the achievements of those in power have been foreshadowed by their ambitions in youth. To deny an experience that will help me to join the future pantheon of America’s leaders would be irresponsible on my part.”
“YG was a good experience in which I could learn hands-on about how the government works. I liked that I could encourage my friends to team up and do this together. I also liked that I met others in the program. We had the opportunity to set up our own club.”
“YG is a wonderful opportunity to show off and grow my leadership skills.”
“As we learn more about the workings of our government, which is by and for the people, we equip ourselves to fully participate in the system, understanding its relevance to our lives and the lives of our fellow Americans.”
“I joined YG because I love debating and learning about politics.”
“I first joined YG because of the government credit but I have returned twice because of the awesome opportunities available and because of how much fun I always have.”

YMCA Texas Youth and Government Partners and Sponsors

Caddo Associates
Texas Bar Foundation