New Mexico Youth and Government

New Mexico Youth and Government Welcome to the online headquarters for New Mexico Youth and Government, a program of the YMCA of Central New Mexico. YMCA Youth and Government brings the workings of state government alive to students.

Through this program, the YMCA creates a unique opportunity for students across New Mexico to discuss the issues relevant to them and their communities and work together to form a solution. Delegates at Youth in Government learn to listen to their peers to discover new ways of looking at complex problems. There are many diverse ways to participate in Youth and Government. A majority of delegates will participate in the Legislative Branch, joining either the House or Senate. Delegates also have the choice to join our Judicial Branch to serve as an attorney arguing appellate law before the Supreme Court. By application only, delegates may choose to participate in the Press Corps, or as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet or Attorney General’s Cabinet. New Mexico Youth and Government is partially funded by a generous grant from the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation.

Mission: "Democracy must be learned by each generation."

Operating as usual

05/24/2020

Moving our conference online this year meant that there were many new challenges to face. The advisors, officers, and alumni have worked together to make the first day of virtual conference a success! Governor Josh Burns would like to congratulate HB1 HB6 SB9!
House Bill 1: An act to give farmers subsidies for diversifying crops
House Bill 6: An act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of hair style, type or texture
Senate Bill 9: An act to ban all flavored e-cigarettes including disposable vapes

Orientation: Done! Coming soon: Training!
02/22/2020

Orientation: Done! Coming soon: Training!

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11/09/2019
Fundraiser Event for Youth and Government CONA Delegation

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Day one of the 2018 Conference on National Affairs! Inspirational future leaders debating the most pressing issues to ou...
07/01/2018

Day one of the 2018 Conference on National Affairs! Inspirational future leaders debating the most pressing issues to our nation. #NMYAG #CONA #YMCA

Tonight is the night! Join us anytime between 4 and 10 PM. Youth and Government will make 25% on every dollar you spend ...
05/22/2018

Tonight is the night! Join us anytime between 4 and 10 PM. Youth and Government will make 25% on every dollar you spend on dinner and more. You can help make the difference! #CONA2018

DAY 3 RECAPThe final day of conference continued with branch breakouts and sessions. Both cabinets began reviewing bills...
04/08/2018

DAY 3 RECAP

The final day of conference continued with branch breakouts and sessions. Both cabinets began reviewing bills right away and making some final decisions. All branches are doing their best to get through every bill and finish the day with no open ends. Judicial has begun their final round, and Forum was able to present their bill before a joint session of both the House and the Senate.
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Forum
This afternoon, a joint session was called to hear Forum’s bill on the arming of teachers in the classroom. Forum has been working for the past few days debating, writing, and practicing presenting their bill in preparation for today’s session. The highly controversial bill was debated heavily by the Senate and House; delegates discussed keeping guns out of students’ hands and the Constitutional rights of teachers. Their bill did not pass.
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Legislative
Both the House and the Senate, delegates continued presenting and voting on bills. Over the past three days, a number of bills passed through both floors and made their way to the Governor’s Cabinet; a few of those bills included a bill to eliminate PARCC (SB28) and a bill terminating the parental rights of rapists (SB34), both of which were signed by Governor Chloe Larkin.
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Governor’s Cabinet & Attorney General’s Cabinet
Governor’s Cabinet flew through the bills being sent up to them throughout the day. They ended the day having passed 24 bills, and vetoing 11. The Attorney General’s Cabinet continued in the legislation, shooting down unconstitutional bills.
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Judicial
Judicial held their final rounds today. The teams of Noah Taylor and Ritambhara Parajuli (United World College), and Kathryn Jones and Katelyn Key (East Mountain High) went on to the final round of the Judicial competition. The team from EMHS argued that legislative prayer is constitutional. On the other hand, the team from UWC argued against that point, claiming that the prayer did indeed violate the Constitution. The Team of Kathryn and Katelyn ended up wining the final round.
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Media
Media continued to make hilarious and helpful content for their fellow delegates to enjoy. Video worked on a number of videos today, including a promotional video that highlighted the seniors participating this year, as well as a special talents video. Media also finished the slideshow they have been putting together throughout conference. All videos will be available to watch the New Mexico Youth and Government Youtube page after conference.
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Voting
Today, delegates took part in voting for next year’s executive officers. Those seniors who were eligible to vote in the next election were able to register to vote in the state of New Mexico.
Democracy must be learned by each generation!
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Closing Ceremony
Next year’s executive officers were announced this evening at the Closing Session.
The new officers are Lucas Gatterman as Governor, Josh Burns as Lt. Governor, Tiffany Delgado as Speaker of the House, Harrison Kuszmaul as Attorney General, Alexis Pierce as Secretary of State, Ciel Lazar as Chief Justice, Hannah Linder and Olivia Traub as Forum Co-Chairs.

Thank you all for attending conference and we hope everyone had fun!

#nmyag2018 #leadingtheway

DAY 2 RECAPThe second day of conference was jam-packed at the Roundhouse! It started right off the bat with sessions in ...
04/07/2018

DAY 2 RECAP

The second day of conference was jam-packed at the Roundhouse! It started right off the bat with sessions in both the House and the Senate. Other branches broke off and continued in their respective branch.
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Constitutional Law
This afternoon, Professor Peter Kierst of UNM spoke to delegates about constitutional law and how it pertains to the 2nd Amendment. Kierst specializes in American Politics and Law and teaches Constitutional Law and Theory.
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Forum
This morning, forum continued to discuss their issue of teacher’s right to bear arms in the classroom. During the afternoon participants went over how to write a bill and began the writing process with help from the forum co-chairs, Hannah Linder and Sadie Webb. The forum co-chairs will present the forum bill to the legislation tomorrow.

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Legislative
The legislative branch had a busy day debating and voting on a number of bills. One of the more memorable bills included a ban on assault rifles (SB24), by Senator Jones and Representative Key, that passed by only one vote. Additional bills included topics ranging from changing a NMPED required class, physical education, into a semester long class and replacing the second semester with a college and career prep class to help students understand basics needed after high school (HB3); to a bill hoping to ban hydraulic fracking within ten miles of state parks and/or state land (HB6).
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Judicial
In judicial today they continued arguing their briefs and fought hard for their respective sides. The decision for who will continue on in the competition will be announced tonight and the rounds will continue tomorrow.
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Governor’s Cabinet & Attorney General’s Cabinet
Today was the first real day for both Governor's Cabinet, and Attorney General’s Cabinet. Governor Chloe Larkin was able to go through many of the bills that have passed through the House and the Senate over the past few days. A few of the bills reviewed include changing HB 14 Columbus day to Indigenous Peoples day, SB 16 Creating rules and regulations for foster homes to abide by, HB 6 which would stop fracking near national parks and forests.

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Media
Media worked hard today to get information out to fellow delegates, video captured people's hidden talents and edited them into a video. Newspaper worked on tomorrow's edition of The Delegates Daily and social kept everyone up to date by tweeting the outcomes of all of the bills and posting on the nmyag snapchat and newmexicoyag instagram.
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The evening consisted of branch breakouts and continued sessions of legislation until 9:00. Afterwards, the delegates left the Roundhouse and had free time before returning to their rooms.

DAY 1 RECAPFirst day at conference was a success! Youth Governor Chloe Larkin began by giving the State of the Address, ...
04/06/2018

DAY 1 RECAP

First day at conference was a success! Youth Governor Chloe Larkin began by giving the State of the Address, followed by an awards presentation from the CEO of the Los Alamos YMCA, Linda Daly. Daly awarded Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino and Representative Stephanie Garcia Richards for their outstanding service to the YMCA.
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Legislative
The legislative branch began today with representatives and senators breaking out into committees. After coming together in the House and the Senate, they came together to debate topics such as, pre-voter registration for teenagers, allowing for Tesla to open a dealership in New Mexico, and ridding of Daylight Savings Time.
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Judicial
So far there have been five rounds of trial, and the competition has been good. Chief Justice Autumn Shields has implemented many changes this year, encouraging participation and interaction with The Constitution while possessing a deep understanding of it.
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Governor’s Cabinet & Attorney General’s Cabinet
Governor’s and Attorney General’s Cabinets spent the day reviewing bills and preparing for tomorrow, when many of them will come to the table of Governor Chloe Larkin.
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Candidate Forum Night
This evening, candidates for next year’s executive officers were asked a series in order for the delegation to learn more about them and what they hope to accomplish if they are elected to office. Remember, voting is Saturday morning!
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Monte Carlo Night
Tonight delegates got to hangout and play card games, unwinding after a long hard day of work at the roundhouse.

#NMYAG #LeadingTheWay

This weekend, delegates prepared bills, briefs, and position papers for conference in April. Remember, they are due next...
03/18/2018

This weekend, delegates prepared bills, briefs, and position papers for conference in April. Remember, they are due next Saturday, March 24th! They will not be accepted after the that date. If you have any questions contact your officers. See you at the Roundhouse! #nmyag2018

03/06/2018
Meet your Chief Justice

Meet Autumn Shields, your Chief Justice! Join the Judicial branch! registration has been extended till this Wednesday March 7th! #nmyag2018

03/02/2018
Meet your Forum Co-Chairs!

Meet Sadie and Hannah, your Forum Co-Chairs! Registration is officially closed, but you can still apply for Forum until March 8th! #nmyag2018

This past Saturday, Capital Highschool and Santa Fe High Practiced and registered for conference together. With only thr...
02/26/2018

This past Saturday, Capital Highschool and Santa Fe High Practiced and registered for conference together. With only three days left to get registered for conference, go to: http://www.nmyag.com/registration_for_conference_2017
Make sure to register before March 1st! #nmyag2018

Applications for Forum, Media, Governor's Cabinet, and Attorney General's Cabinet are all up! if you're interested in be...
02/20/2018

Applications for Forum, Media, Governor's Cabinet, and Attorney General's Cabinet are all up! if you're interested in becoming more involved in Youth and Government, apply at NMYAG.com/applications before March 8th! #nmyag2018

02/12/2018
Meet your Secretary of State!

Did you know that we have a Sergeant of Arms? If you're interested in becoming more involved in YAG, go to NMYAG.com to learn about all the elected positions you can apply for! #nmyag2018

In honor of National Freedom Day, a throwback to CONA with former Governor Sofia Hoskins and Mary Burns celebrating the ...
02/01/2018

In honor of National Freedom Day, a throwback to CONA with former Governor Sofia Hoskins and Mary Burns celebrating the 4th of July

New Mexico Youth and Government, a program of the YMCA of Central New Mexico, is in their 58th year!  With the generosit...
01/08/2018
Online Donations

New Mexico Youth and Government, a program of the YMCA of Central New Mexico, is in their 58th year! With the generosity of supporters like you, the program continues to grow each year.

Youth and Government has students from every corner of New Mexico, from Las Cruces to Farmington, and they need your help. Part of our mission is to never exclude anyone from participating in our program because of the cost. Your support in sponsoring a delegate to the annual Model Legislative Session each April will go a long way in changing a new Mexico student's life.

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Make a one-time gift of $300 or monthly donations of $25 for 12 months

"Youth & Government - Sponsor a Delegate"

Online Donations If you are having problems making a payment to the YMCA of Central New Mexico, please try using GOOGLE CHROME as your browser. You may also contact: Horn Family YMCA at 505-265-6971 or McLeod Family YMCA at 505-292-2298 and they will assist you. Thank you!

To the greatest state, Happy Birthday! Est. 1912 #NMTrue
01/06/2018
10 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The New Mexico Flag

To the greatest state, Happy Birthday! Est. 1912 #NMTrue

Flags. You gotta know how to hold 'em, you gotta know how to fold 'em. If you've ever wanted to explore the dynamic world of vexillology with a New Mexico focus, get ready to raise your white flag and...

Happy New Year from New Mexico Youth and Government!
01/01/2018

Happy New Year from New Mexico Youth and Government!

As the semester is wrapping up, start thinking about how you will build a stronger, better Youth and Government in 2018....
12/06/2017
Program Dates

As the semester is wrapping up, start thinking about how you will build a stronger, better Youth and Government in 2018. Recruit your friends, hold meetings at your school, and plan for Pre-Leg! #NMYAG

New Mexico Youth and Government is a program of the YMCA of Central New Mexico. We focus on learning how government operates and developing crucial life skills through experience.

Thank you to everyone who came out to paint for New Mexico Youth and Government! We are raising money for our students h...
07/26/2017

Thank you to everyone who came out to paint for New Mexico Youth and Government!

We are raising money for our students heading to the National Judicial Competition next month. Good luck! #YMCA

New Mexico Youth and Government delegates at the 50th Conference on National Affairs! Debating the serious challenges th...
07/05/2017

New Mexico Youth and Government delegates at the 50th Conference on National Affairs! Debating the serious challenges that face our nation and finding solutions that work for all. #futureleaders #positivedebate

The New Mexico delegation has started debate at the 50th Conference on National Affairs! #CONA #NMYAG
07/02/2017

The New Mexico delegation has started debate at the 50th Conference on National Affairs! #CONA #NMYAG

06/22/2017

Hello everyone! Youth & Government is continuing to fundraise for the Conference on National Affairs. We are holding a drawing for a two night stay at the Blake in Taos and 2-day lift tickets. Tickets are $10 each and are available until Saturday, the drawing will be on the 25th. Please contact Hannah Wood or Michael Horanburg if you are interested - or comment below and we will contact you!

The Officers are ready for Pre-Leg tomorrow. Are you? #nmyag
02/16/2017

The Officers are ready for Pre-Leg tomorrow. Are you? #nmyag

Training 2017 has been finalized! Check out the website for details about training and other events we are hosting, incl...
01/25/2017
Training 2017

Training 2017 has been finalized! Check out the website for details about training and other events we are hosting, including Pre-Leg on February 16th in Santa Fe.

New Mexico Youth and Government is a program of the YMCA of Central New Mexico. We focus on learning how government operates and developing crucial life skills through experience.

12/24/2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our Youth and Government family to yours!

10/01/2016
National Judicial Competition

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Thanks to all who put on such a great conference. Excellent organization and such impressive student leadership. Our students gained so much confidence during these three days. And, media, what a fantastic job on your video!
A wonderful program sponsored by the Y.