YMCA Youth & Government Community Night is Friday in Normandy Park

Students from the Normandy Park delegation of of the Washington State YMCA Youth and Government Program will be gathering on Friday, April 6th at 7pm at the Normandy Park City Council Chambers (801 SW 174th Street, Normandy Park).

The students from the Normandy Park delegation will be proponing the bills they plan to take to the 65th Annual Youth Legislature in Olympia on May 2-5, 2012.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Donna King at 206-883-5427 or email [email protected].

Here’s more info on the program:

Our Motto: Democracy must be learned by each generation

Throughout the year, students spend time in their local delegations learning the basics of state government. They practice public speaking skills and learn parliamentary procedure, research and draft legislation, and discuss the roles of the press and lobbyists in the legislative process. This training prepares students for their participation in district events, held during the winter, where they share their ideas with other delegations and run for statewide leadership positions.

The culmination of the program occurs during the first week in May. It is at that time that students from around the state converge on the state capitol and take over the Legislative Building for the Youth Legislature. Here students take on the roles of Representative, Senator, Lobbyist, Reporter or Page and do their part in passing legislation that is important to them. In addition to these roles, experienced participants also have the opportunity to take on leadership roles such as Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State and Speaker of the House.

The Washington State YMCA Youth and Government Program has been providing unique, hands on opportunities for teens to learn about the governmental process and take on leadership roles for over 60 years. Established in 1947, the Washington Youth and Government Program was one of the first of its kind and is among the 10 oldest programs in the country. The first Youth Legislature included 150 high school students from all around the state.

In the past 60 years, the number of students involved in the Youth Legislature statewide has grown to over 450. In 2005, Washington State Youth and Government also began sending a delegation to the YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs in North Carolina.

For more info about the YMCA Youth and Government program, please visit: www.youthandgovernment.org.

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