Me and my friend Mindy in Sacramento
by Daniela V.
When I joined Youth & Government when I was entering the ninth grade, I was extremely scared. I didn’t know a lot about politics and I wasn’t sure if I would make any friends in the program. I was nervous at my first couple of meetings, but everyone was friendly and made me feel welcome.
Each meeting I became more comfortable expressing my ideas and public speaking. I learned about how our government works and that made me more confident too. With my delegation behind me, I focused on seeing how far my ideas could go...
It turns out Y&G had pushed me beyond my comfort zone before I knew it, to the point where I presented a bill I was very passionate about at Sacramento.
I'm so glad I joined Y&G. I'm extremely excited for next year and can't wait to be back with close friends I made and see the growth of our delegation!
Daniela is one of 245 students who participated in Y&G this year from our YMCA.
California YMCA Youth & Government has provided outstanding statewide educational and social experiences for over 70 years. It is an integral part of the YMCA movement. Programs, run through partnering YMCAs, schools and youth organizations, have served over 100,000 students over the past 15 years alone. It engages over 3,300 high school youth and close to 1,000 middle school youth each year from across the state, in programs emphasizing leadership and civic involvement.