Welcome to the 2020-2021 program cycle! We hope you have been able to maintain healthy mind, body and spirit considering the many COVID-19 challenges we have all experienced. As we settle into this new normal, the decision has been made, with guidance from YMCA’s, the State YG Board, the CDC and other leading health officials, to offer Texas Youth and Government virtually. This means that both District and State Conferences will be virtual.

After months of observing, participating and hosting virtual events, we are excited to plan a meaningful program aligned with our mission. The virtual setting does allow for us to connect with you more often and to engage with you in various events like, hosted Town Halls, leadership trainings, combined club meetings, section trainings, and Q&A sessions. Additionally, for our High School Program, we may be able to offer separate Legislative and Judicial Conferences in a virtual setting, providing students the opportunity to participate in both sections, expanding their YG skills.

Club meetings may be in-person, virtual, or a hybrid dependent upon your District and community health and safety guidelines, but there are still many questions. What will club meetings look like? What happens to my club if a Club Advisor is not available or has less availability? What support will the Y provide? How can I participate if my YG Club is no longer active? Who is my YMCA contact?

To help answer the above questions and gain a better understanding of your needs this year, please complete the Student Survey by September 14, 2020.

Individual registration (for advisors, Y staff, and students) will open by the second week of September. A registration link will be available on our website for new participants. If you are a returning participant, an email will be sent out with your unique program ID. Program material is being updated when applicable for virtual events, such as debate timing for Legislative and State Affairs. The Mock Trial case summary will soon be available on our website as well as other judicial material.

Though Texas YG may face different challenges this program year, we look forward to working and adapting with you and embracing new opportunities together. If you need to reach out to your District Director, you can find their contact information on our website here. You may also contact the State Office at [email protected] with any other questions.