2017-2018 Junior Youth and Government State Officers

Middle School (JuniorYG) Program Overview

Our middle school program invites hundreds of  students from all over Texas to participate in one of two program sections at our annual Junior Youth and Government State Conference in Austin: Legislative and State Affairs Forum. The JuniorYG program is intended to introduce our younger students to how the program works and prepare them to fully participate in the larger high school program when they enter the 9th grade.

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The Legislative section of the Texas Youth and Government Program is intended to give participants experience in identifying issues for legislation, bill writing, debating, bill presentation and participation in a legislative body. Participants prepare legislation (bills, or sometimes joint resolutions) in their clubs for consideration, debate, and action at the District and State Conferences. At the District Conference, Hearing Committees consider each bill and take appropriate action. At the State Conference all bills are heard first in a committee, and then some bills advance to be heard again by a larger audience in the Youth House and/or Senate chambers. Bills that pass both chambers are sent to the Youth Governor for his or her consideration.

Our goal for our Legislative participants is to give them valuable experience in writing, researching, and debating mock-legislation in a process that closely mirrors that of our Texas Legislature. This experience is a valuable method of increasing awareness both of how our state government works and pertinent current events.

The 2016-2017 Bill Template and supporting materials can be found on the Resource Portal page in the Legislative section.

State Affairs Forum is designed to broaden participants’ knowledge of pre-selected current events topics. State Affairs Forum uses the structure of committee hearings with parliamentary procedure to propose solutions to important current issues, encourage debate on such solutions, and foster an in-depth understanding of the topics at hand through debate. Delegates are encouraged to be vocal, listen intently, and participate as much as possible.

Our goal for our State Affairs Forum participants is for them to understand well-formulated solutions (not legislation) for major problems facing Texas and the national/international community, furthering their holistic understanding of news events and empowering them to speak intelligently about feasible ways to address such problems.

The 2016-2017 SAF topics and supporting materials can be found on the Resource Portal page in the State Affairs Forum section.

Our Governor’s Cabinet section works directly with our Junior Youth Governor, who sets a legislative agenda for the State Conference. The Youth Governor works with his Cabinet to lobby in the Legislative chambers for his agenda, which is comprised of specific bills or issues he or she would like to see debated and acted upon.

Our goal for our Governor’s Cabinet section is for participants to engage professionally with one another in discussing legislation about which the Junior Youth Governor is passionate and persuading Legislative delegates to feel similarly or differently. Participants are able to respectfully attempt to accomplish their own goals while assisting our Junior Youth Governor, and all develop debate and technical skills related to lobbying or working in the state government.

The 2016-2017 Governor’s Cabinet Criteria and supporting materials can be found on the Resource Portal page in the Governor’s Cabinet/Lobbyist sections.