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Alumni FAQs

We encourage all alumni to witness how Texas Youth and Government has progressed since they left, whether they are fresh out of high school or established members of their communities! Alumni can stay in touch by connecting with us on social media, starting a delegation, or giving financially to Youth and Government.

Recent Texas YG alums, learn more about the volunteer opportunities available to college-aged alumni below! Learn more about volunteering here and then sign up to volunteer!

To maintain the fairness and integrity of the program, we ask that our newest alumni sit out at least one program year before registering to volunteer at the State Conferences.  This means that recent high school graduates and college freshmen are not eligible to volunteer at the High School State Conference or the Middle School State Conference.  They are welcome to sit in on and observe Conferences!  We value your experience and appreciate your willingness to help. However, we want to ensure that recent high school graduates are seen as experienced YG alumni and not as peers of current participants.

Sophomore-senior alumni in college do have the opportunity to volunteer. Their volunteer capacity/responsibility grows as alumni become upperclassmen.

  • If you are a college sophomore, you may sign up as a General Conference volunteer for the High School State Conference. You will not be assigned to evaluator roles in any section to ensure YG alumni are seen as knowledgeable experts and not as peers of current participants.

  • Another volunteer opportunity for college sophomores may be at the Middle School State Conference, where you may serve as evaluators in any section or help section leaders in some other capacity. The JYG State Conference represents a great opportunity to serve as mentors to our middle school students.

  • If you are a college junior or senior, you may volunteer at either the High School or Middle School State Conference. You can sign up for evaluator shifts in specific sections or fill the roles of your choice.

College Staff are YG alumni selected to volunteer for the entirety of the three-day High School State Conference or two-day Middle School State Conference. Our college staff is comprised primarily of juniors and seniors in college, but the State Director may consider sophomores on an individual basis. Six spots are available each year at each of the State Conferences. Students will be offered hotel accommodations and meals in exchange for their volunteer efforts during the State Conference for which they are selected. They will be assigned various volunteer roles and may select volunteer areas of interest. However, they will primarily be assigned to roles with the greatest need for volunteers which include specific section volunteers, evening activity coordinators, and office assistants. If you would like to be a part of college staff, please complete our application.

Thank you, alumni, for sharing what Texas YG means to you!  Check out these testimonials from our past participants.  We appreciate you!

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.