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District Conference

In order to foster a rewarding and challenging program, the District Conference allows students to qualify for the right to participate the State Conference. District Conferences are one-day qualifying regional competitions that students and mentors look forward to as a great warm-up for the much larger State Conference several months later.

State Conference

Each year, months of hard work and countless man hours culminate to the Texas Youth and Government State Conferences which host select delegates from all districts in multiple program sections in order for them to showcase their political skills and learn from their fellow peers. By coordinating the efforts of volunteers, staff, and delegates, we hope to continually make the next year’s State Conferences better than the last, fostering a unique and healthy competition for all.

Our High School State Conference takes place the last weekend in January of each year, and our Middle School (Junior Youth and Government) State Conference takes place the last weekend in February.

Conference on National Affairs

CONA offers the unique opportunity for our most outstanding Texas YG students to do research on an issue of national and/or international concern, organize this information into a creative proposal for solving the issue, and engage in intensive discussion and debate over similar proposals with understanding young people from other states. The conference takes place each July in North Carolina.

CONA participants create individual proposals from scratch and go through a simulation to debate their given proposal. Proposals are scored on originality, evidence of research, national/international importance, feasibility, and presentation. The top proposals advance until reaching the final round, where they are heard and debated by the entire conference. With this system, participants get to fully experience a unique debate situation that develops their skills in argumentation and discussion, as well as engage with YG students from other US states and make lifelong, cross-country friends!

National Judicial Competition

The National Judicial Competition (NJC) brings together Youth and Government participants from around the country to face off in mock trial and appellate competitions. Teams to represent Texas will be selected based on the current program year’s State Conference results.

NJC allows students to test their speaking and rhetoric skills. Delegates work in groups to prepare speeches and arguments and face competition from YG participants from around the country.