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How do I start a club?

  1. The first step would be to contact your local YMCA to see if they offer the program or programs you are interested in.

  1. Next find a sponsor for the club! This can be a teacher or parental advisor that has a passion to mentor and help the club to learn and grow as a team.

  1. Start recruiting! By spreading the news of a new club around school by word-of-mouth, flyers, or presentations, many students will get to know what Youth and Government in Texas represents.

  1. Motivate and Succeed. By laying a foundation, you have started what can possibly be a long and rewarding club that will benefit many to come. Do not get bogged down by small hindrances but use them as a tool for learning.

  1. What is this all for? From the simple step of contacting your closest Y to watching the club grow, students will learn a variety of skills and experiences that can help them in their future endeavors in both government and any other area of specialty.


Club Management & Recruitment Tools

In collaboration with local YMCAs, programs are organized within high schools, middle schools, home school associations and other youth organizations throughout Texas, each with a caring adult role model serving as club advisor/coach. An advisor can be a teacher or staff person within the school, a community volunteer, or Y staff person. These club sponsors can run their program a number of different ways:

  • As part of their UIL enhancement

  • Incorporated into their classroom and curriculum

  • In combination with clubs such as World Affairs Council, Student Government, or Debate

  • As a stand-alone club

YG programs are intended to be mostly youth-led and meet throughout the school year. With this model, students learn how to become leaders and get the practice necessary to succeed in future programs.

For more Club Management and Recruitment Tools, visit our Resource Portal.