YMCA Youth and Government Alumni

We would like to extend a warm welcome to all our esteemed former YG members. We are proud of your achievements and the contributions you have made in shaping the future of our society. You are the embodiment of the values and principles that make our program great. Your passion, dedication and commitment to public service continue to inspire and motivate us all.

As an Alumni, you can continue to be a part of our program’s mission of promoting civic engagement and developing the next generation of leaders. We encourage you to stay connected with your fellow alumni and to share your valuable experiences and insights with our current members. Stay in touch by connecting with us on social media, starting a delegation, or giving financially to Youth and Government. Thank you for your support and for being an important part of the YMCA Texas Youth and Government family.

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Alumni Volunteering

Alumni Volunteers are the true power behind our program! Below are the different kind of volunteer opportunities great for alumni.

  • Mentor – Volunteer from the comfort of your home or office. Login once a week to support a club leading up to district conference. 12 weeks/12 hours of your time.
  • Day of  Volunteers – To ensure the  quality of our program its critical to have evaluators that know about our program. Considering volunteer in November for a regional conference near you.
  • Section Leader – Section leaders are volunteer leaders that support our program year round. You help at local and state conference as section leadership, help us make program enhancements and serve as the face of our sections for students  and teachers. TX YG relies on over 70 section leaders to ensure our conferences are the top quality for our teens.
  • State Volunteers – During the state conference we need day of volunteers for all our sections, but we also have group volunteer opportunities behind the scenes.
  • YG Chats – We are always looking for alumni who have excelled in their field and are willing to host a 30-45 minute alumni chat where students can log in and learn more about your career, your path to success and how the YMCA helped you as a teen!

To sign up for any of these opportunities or to explore other ways you wish to give back email Missy Garcia.

Recent High School Graduates

To maintain the fairness and integrity of the program, we ask that recent high school alumni sit out at least one program cycle year before registering to volunteer at the State Conferences. This means that college freshman are not eligible to volunteer at either the High School or Middle School State Conferences. We value your experience and willingness to help. However, we want to ensure that current program participants see recent high school graduates as experienced YG alumni and not as peers.

College Students (Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors)

Alumni who have at least one year of college experience do have an opportunity to volunteer. Your volunteer capacity/responsibility will grow as you become an upperclassman. See more details below.

  • If you are a college sophomore, you can volunteer at the High School State Conference as a General Conference Volunteer. The State Office will not assign you evaluator shifts in any section in advance because we want to ensure YG alumni are seen as knowledge experts and not as peers. However, if there are vacancies due to last-minute changes, the section leader may select you to fill an evaluator spot. You may also help section leaders in some other capacity.
  • At the Middle School State Conference, college sophomores may serve as evaluators in sections or help section leaders in some other capacity. Volunteering in this way presents a great opportunity to serve as mentors to our middle school students.
  • If you are a college junior or senior, you may sign up to volunteer at either the High School or Middle School State Conference. You can sign up to serve as an evaluator in a specific section or fill another volunteer role of your choice.
  • Please understand that only registered participants, Y Staff, and Club Advisors who have paid the conference fees can participate in conference social activities and banquets.

College Internship

A seasonal paid internship from late August to mid March. These are YG alumni would attend District Conferences in November and work for the three-day High School State Conference and/or two-day Middle School State Conference. These interns will assist in the planning of the State Conference in the spring and provide support in section specific areas of the program.  Our internship program is primarily made up of juniors and seniors in college, but the State Office may consider sophomores on an individual basis. Six spots are available each year at each State Conference.

Interns will be offered hotel accommodations and meals during the conference periods. College staff will be housed two students to a room and supervised by the program coordinator and the State Director. They will be assigned to various conference volunteer roles and may select areas of interest. However, the State Office will primarily assign them to roles with the greatest need. These include roles within specific sections, evening activity coordinators, and office assistants.

The Texas Youth and Government Program Coordinator and State Director will select college staff after review of each internship application.

Applications are now closed.

Other Alumni

Learn more about volunteering here and then sign up to volunteer!

Alumni testimonials

I actually credit Texas YG with my choice to study Government and pursue a career in national security and intelligence. Aside from piquing my interest in matters of government and international relations, YG taught me to draw on all my academic resources to articulate what I believe and intelligently debate answers to the most pressing world issues. Oftentimes, the best ideas came from innovative thinkers with backgrounds much different than mine. In a time when the intelligence community of the US is facing many challenges, this educational and team-based approach to problem-solving will certainly help me to get in on tackling policy issues effectively and improving the overall intelligence apparatus of the US with thoughtful, refined decisions.
Participating in Texas YG improved my confidence, encouraged me to think critically, and provided me with the necessary skills to articulate my viewpoint on specific issues. It benefited me throughout my time in college and ultimately drove me toward a government-based career.
YG tremendously altered my life’s path. Before Texas YG I desired to be a cardiothorastic surgeon. However, after experiencing the true power of democracy and how essential government is to society through YG, I’ve turned a new leaf and changed my career path. I am now majoring in Political Science at the University of North Texas, and I plan to attend law school immediately after, all in order to later serve as a congressman/public servant. YG inspired these dreams.

Frequently Asked Questions

A: Yes, if you are a sophomore, junior, or senior applying as a general conference volunteer or college staff or are an older alum. Please see our Volunteer Opportunities page for information about volunteer roles and what to expect in each section.

A: Only college interns can stay at the conference hotel. The rooms reserved are set aside for conference participants, staff, advisors, and parents. Alumni who are not college interns and/or section leaders will need to make their own accommodations offsite.

A: All community Volunteers 18+, Y Staff, Club Advisors, and College Staff must complete a background check.

A: A Morning, an afternoon, and full-day shifts are available. Times and locations vary by section. And an example is shown below, subject to change.

  • Legislative Section Volunteer shifts:
    • Thursday 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. (college interns only at Hotel)
    • Friday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and/or 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Hotel/Capitol)
    • Saturday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and/or 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Hotel/Capitol)
  • State Affairs Forum Volunteer shifts:
    • Thursday 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. (college interns only at Renaissance Hotel)
    • Friday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and/or 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Hotel/Capitol)
    • Saturday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and/or 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Hotel/Capitol)
  • Judicial Section Volunteer shifts:
    • Friday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and/or 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Hotel/ Capitol/downtown locations)
    • Saturday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and/or 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Hotel/ Capitol/downtown locations)
  • General Conference Volunteer shifts:
    • Thursday 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Hotel)
    • Friday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m., and/or 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. (Hotel/Capitol/downtown locations)
    • Saturday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m., and/or 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. (Hotel/Capitol/downtown locations)
    •  Sunday 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (Hotel)

A: Volunteers are required to participate in an online training and/or a mandatory volunteer orientation before their shift(s) at the State Conferences. The State Office will email volunteers in the months before State Conferences with any additional information about the training.

A: No. The State Office coordinates volunteer positions and times in advance with those who have filled out our Volunteer SIgn Up and meet our volunteer criteria. Fill out the form today!

A: No. Volunteers should not be one-on-one or in a hotel room with program participants at any time, and volunteers who do not abide by this rule will be asked to leave the State Conference.

A: Yes, District Directors can invite YG alumni who meet the criteria. This means they must be at least college sophomores. If a District Director invites you to volunteer, you must have a background check on file with them. Alumni who attend State Conference with a district are not considered registered State Conference volunteers. Alumni traveling with Districts are District Delegation volunteers.