Civic Duty South Bend
Indiana Youth and Government Team
Civic Duty South Bend will recruit, train, and send a delegation of students from local area high schools to participate in the Indiana Youth in Government Conference in 2019. Our goal will be to educate and immerse our delegation about the law making process as well as state and local government.
However, attending the Indiana Youth and Government Conference, while incredibly valuable, is not cheap, and many of our students do not have the financial capabilities to pay for the cost of the program out-of-pocket. The full conference cost with lodging, food, and transportation will cost about 400 dollars per student.
We do not want any student’s financial situation to inhibit his or her ability to experience this program and thus are trying to subsidize the conference cost for our delegates. Please consider donating below, all donations are one-time, secure, and tax deductible. Contact our Regional Director, Steven Higgins, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
"During 1936, the director of the New York State’s Albany YMCA established the first YMCA Youth and Government program. Built on the motto, “Democracy must be learned by each generation,” the national Youth and Government movement evolved to engage youth in experiential learning of government processes, generally through mock legislative, executive and judicial proceedings. Capitalizing on heavy volunteer support from individuals and organizations like the American Bar Association has been critical to the program’s expansion, as separate statewide programs currently operate in every state and the District of Columbia, serving approximately 50,000 high school students
In 1994, Indiana Youth and Government (INYaG) was reinvigorated after a fifteen-year hiatus and continued under the leadership of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis in 2001. In 2013, Indiana’s YMCAs transitioned the program to the Indiana State Alliance of YMCAs in order to capitalize on the Alliance’s statewide focus and its work in state-level policy formation. Throughout its transitions, INYaG has retained its mission to develop personal growth and encourage life-long, responsible citizenship by providing experiential learning for young people and providing public forums to recognize the abilities and capabilities of youth. INYaG programs have sought to develop and promote an understanding of local, state, national, and international concerns; research, study and debate on public issues; exploration of careers in public service; interaction with adult and youth leaders involved in decision-making processes; an understanding of political systems and the forum they provide for the effective and peaceful resolution of issues and concerns; appreciation for the diversity of viewpoints on public issues and a concurrent respect for ideas, beliefs and the positions of others; and demonstration of citizenship responsibilities and leadership roles essential to the health of participatory democracy.
Through INYaG, Hoosier youth spend part of each year meeting in local delegations to discuss and debate issues that affect Indiana citizens and to propose relevant legislation. Local activities culminate in an annual statewide model-government program."
-Excerpt from official INYaG page