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YMCA NC Youth Legislature

What is Youth Legislature?

Youth Legislature is a national YMCA program for high school students that prepares them for moral and political leadership through training in the theory and practice of developing public policy.

where do participants meet?

Delegation Meetings typically operate during the entire school year. Students attend approximately two meetings per month. These are held at high schools or local YMCAs and are led by Adult Advisors.

When and where are the conferences?

Each conference brings together diverse students from across the state to experience the governmental process first-hand through a unique “youth-run, youth-led” model. The first two meetings (Regionals and Pre-Conference) are mandatory, as they introduce students to the program and prepare them for the Youth Legislature Conference in February. They are split by region and take place on weekend days in October and December.

The Youth Legislature Conference is where students' hard work will pay off. During the four-day, three-night conference (Thursday-Sunday), the bills developed by delegations are debated in committees, then on the floor of the House and/or Senate and, if passed, sent on to the Youth Governor.

Program offerings for delegates include:

Activities take place in downtown Raleigh at the Raleigh Convention Center, Legislative Building, Campbell Law School, Sheraton Raleigh Hotel and Marriott City Center. 

how do i get involved?

To join a delegation, contact the state office, who will put you in touch with a delegation in your area.