Middle School (JuniorYG) Program Overview
Our middle school program invites hundreds of students from all over Texas to participate in one of three program sections at our annual Junior Youth and Government State Conference in Austin: Legislative, State Affairs Forum, or Governor’s Cabinet. The JuniorYG program is intended to introduce our younger students to how the program works and prepare them to participate fully in the larger high school program when they enter the 9th grade.
2022-2023 Junior Youth and Government State Officers
In Legislative students create bills focused on topics important to them. Bills are debated, considered in
committee, and moved to the house or senate for consideration. Share your passion with other students from
your school, city, and across the state! Our student legislature considers bills from across the aisle and across
all topics. In the Legislature students are given the opportunity to be involved in healthy debates with peers
across all subsections of politics.
STATE AFFAIRS FORUM
Are you passionate about State and National Politics!? In our State Affairs section students create proposals assessing topics in these areas! Proposals are debated, considered in committee, and moved to full contingency consideration. Share your passion with other students from your school, city, and across the state! Our State Affairs section considers proposals from across the aisle and across all topics. In the State Affairs section students are given the opportunity to really develop healthy debate with peers across all subsections of politics. Take this challenge on alone or tag team the debate with a friend or two! Get your graph and visual ready because in State Affairs we challenge you to really think through your stance and defend it!
Everything media you can image, newspaper, broadcast, podcast, blogs, and online social media! YG is about teens and covered by teens! Bring your talents and your skills to ensure in-depth coverage of our conferences and events! You could be the star of our newscast at night or the head of our newspaper! Are you a formatting guru, be our print editor. Can only you see the world perfectly through a lens? Helps us see how you see YG and become our head photographer! News can make or break politicians! Stretch your influence muscles and show our youth leaders that even in YG somebody is always watching and always listening! Get ready to expose how much media influences the political process.
GOVERNOR'S CABINET AND LOBBYIST
Our Governor’s Cabinet section works directly with our Youth Governor. The Youth Governor sets a legislative agenda for the State Conference. He or she then works with the Cabinet to lobby in the Legislative chambers for his or her agenda, which is comprised of specific bills or issues he or she would like to see debated and acted upon.