Volunteer registration for the 2019 High School State Conference is now open! Register here.
Each year we depend on numerous volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to help us implement a successful YMCA Texas Youth and Government (YG) program that impacts students statewide. When you register to become a volunteer for the YG team, you are directly contributing to the overall success and advancement of our mission: To help teenagers become responsible citizens and future leaders of our nation.
We always love to hear from potential volunteers. Please contact Mikayla Mutscher, Texas Youth and Government Program Coordinator, to discuss volunteer opportunities and with any questions about volunteering at our January 2019 High School State Conference. It’s never too early to mark your calendar!
Curious about the different areas in which students participate? Read about each section and the volunteer opportunities involved below.
Well-versed in Congressional happenings? Avid follower of Legislative sessions? Ever have “I’m Just a Bill” stuck in your head? Consider volunteering with our Legislative section!
Volunteer as a Legislative Evaluator: help score student delegates within a committee on a variety of factors including preparedness, participation, and quality of debate. Guide students as they propose, discuss, and vote on bills in the various Houses and Senates.
Volunteer as a Chair/Clerk Evaluator: move between committee rooms to evaluate the Chairs and Clerks of committees on their knowledge of parliamentary procedure, ability to engage the room, and more in the various Houses and Senates.
Volunteer as a Room Monitor: help monitor general student conduct. You may be placed in House, Senate, Duran House, or Duran Senate Chambers for the duration of a session or be asked to move between committee rooms.
Legislative Section Resources
Have a background in the legal field?* We would love to have your support as a Judicial volunteer!
Volunteers in this section serve as courtroom evaluators and evaluate 90-minute trials involving High School Conference mock trial or appellate teams. Evaluators observe teams in each round and rank not only the full team but also the individual attorneys, judges, and witnesses in a variety of categories.
* Volunteers with a background in the legal field or an understanding of courtroom proceedings are preferred but NOT required. We welcome any volunteer willing to learn!
Judicial Section Resources
Knowledgeable about newsworthy issues? Passionate about exposing youth to current events and problem solving? State Affairs Forum could benefit from your expertise!
Volunteers in this section will assist in the ranking and scoring of delegate proposals suggesting solutions related to issues of importance. They may pass out and collect score sheets, tabulate scores throughout the day, and/or evaluate chair and clerk teams.
To sign up as a volunteer, please go to our Registration Page and complete our interest form. Learn more by visiting our Resource Portal.
Passionate about instilling fundamentals of democracy in the next generation? We greatly value any volunteer willing to assist and help with the massive workload our State Conferences require. General Conference volunteers can sign up to work at the information booth and/or to help with check-in, setup, lunch and afternoon clean up, and/or loading/unloading of buses. Volunteer shifts will be at various locations.
To sign up as a General Conference Volunteer, please go to our Registration Page and complete our interest form.
We appreciate our engaged alumni and their efforts to remain involved in YG as club advisors, volunteers, and experts about the program. Below are the State Conference volunteer opportunities for our young alumni.
Recent High School Graduates: 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 High School State Conference. This means that college freshmen are not eligible to volunteer at the High School State Conference. They may be allowed to assist at the Middle School State Conference and are invited to sit in on the 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.
College Students (Sophomores-Seniors): Alumni in college do have the opportunity to volunteer in a limited capacity. That capacity/responsibility grows as alumni become upperclassmen.
If you are a college sophomore, you may be considered 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. This is 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.