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Start A Delegation

HOW TO START A DELEGATION

Delegations are local clubs operated by local YMCAs, schools or community organizations. 

CONTACT. Reach out to the State Office to find your local YMCA.

MEET. Set up time with School Principals to discuss the program’s goals and objectives, or meet with a teacher to discuss the program and the best approach for establishing a new delegation and advisor. Often the head of the Social Studies department is an ideal place to begin. However, teachers in other subjects such as Debate, Math, Science or English who are passionate about mentoring students will make excellent advisors as well.

PROMOTE. Once a delegation advisor has been identified, it is effective to offer presentations to classes or after school meetings to introduce the program. Whenever possible, invite a current participant or recent graduate of the program to help make a “pitch” to prospective students. This is an effective way to connect and start the trend of a youth-run, youth-led program. See below for promotional material.

RECRUIT. Look for students from a wide range of areas, not just the Social Studies classes. All abilities, socioeconomic backgrounds, interests and academic levels will benefit from participation. Identify a core group. This group should be made up of 4-6 students who are interested in the creation of the delegation. It is wise to have a few members of this group be 9th graders (Youth Legislature Program) or 6th graders (MSUN Program) – to ensure that not all of your leadership will graduate within your delegation’s first year. The advisor or school administration may personally identify these students, or you can recruit them from the student body. These students will be responsible for setting up the initial organization for your delegation.

SHARE. Share the benefits of the program. Students will find their voice. They will have the opportunity to join a movement for positive change for themselves, their community and their world. Throughout the course of the program, they will also learn valuable skills that will help them transition and succeed with ease from high school through college graduation. Program benefits include leadership skills, public speaking, research, writing, critical and study skills.