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About Youth & Government

North Carolina YMCA Youth & Government’s goal is to promote leadership skills, character values and civic engagement in North Carolina’s teens. We are led by our motto, "Democracy must be learned by every generation" and we are best known for our flagship programs: Youth Legislature (grades 9 - 12) and Middle School United Nations (grades 6 - 8).

Youth Legislature

The North Carolina YMCA Youth Legislature has been the state’s premier youth leadership and civic development program since 1993. Students experience government first-hand and learn how to solve community problems through the democratic process. They debate and discuss issues with their peers. Youth Legislature teaches the values of democracy by bringing together North Carolina high school students for a four-day, three-night conference in downtown Raleigh. For more information, click here.

Middle School United Nations (MSUN)

North Carolina YMCA Youth & Government's Middle School United Nations program began in 2001. Middle school students, called ambassadors, participate in the program with their peers. While engaged at the conference, students are given the opportunity to discuss international issues, discover other cultures, develop life enhancing skills, and make new friends. The program culminates in a two-day conference in Black Mountain. For more information, click here.

Conference on National Affairs (CONA)

The YMCA Conference on National Affairs, open to students in grades 9 - 12, is an eight-day, nationwide conference. Its primary focuses are for students to gain an awareness of national concerns and issues, as well as increase understanding of Federal Government and its relation to State, National and International matters. For more information, click here.

National Judicial Competition (NJC)

The National Judicial Competition, open to students in grades 9 - 12, is a new, competitive Appellate Court and Mock Trial competition. It is offered by the YMCA of the USA in partnership with the American Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. Each state’s Youth & Government program may send delegates to compete. For more information, click here.