Massachusetts Youth & Government

Massachusetts Youth & Government Youth & Government uses the YMCA core values to teach teens in grades 9-12 how they can participate in the democratic process.
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The Youth in Government Program is built around an annual Model Youth Legislature composed of high school Youth Senators and Representatives that meet in the legislative chambers of the state capitol to debate bills written and sponsored by the students during the program year. Student delegates have the opportunity to serve as members of the Executive Branch, Judicial Branch, Press Corps, and Lobbyist Firms.

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

Operating as usual

08/17/2020
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Who wants to get a head start on this years program? Join your youth leadership and our friends with Harvard Votes from Harvard University Thursday, August 20th at 7pm ET to mobilize your peers to vote in the September 1st Massachusetts Primary!

Learn from Harvard college students how to register and turn out your peers to vote! And, come to learn about our upcoming voter engagement challenge.

Register here! And join us with this Zoom link: https://harvard.zoom.us/j/97592511911

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08/07/2020
UN Youth Envoy on Twitter

UN Youth Envoy on Twitter

“We’ve listened to you! 🏆 #YouthLead was the most popular hashtag and will trigger our emoji! What do you think best symbolise that topic? What do you think of when hearing #YouthLead? Reply with your ideas below! #31DaysOfYouth https://t.co/054qBrXLOx”

Students needed to be poll workers! https://www.powerthepolls.org/campus/
08/03/2020
Power the Polls

Students needed to be poll workers!

https://www.powerthepolls.org/campus/

Poll workers are everyday American heroes. 💪 They make elections run smoothly and ensure that every eligible voter is able to cast their ballot safely. 🗳️ Sign up to #PowerThePolls and staff your local polling place.

06/19/2020
In response to recent events brought to our attention, we would like to reiterate our equity statement from our 2020 Mod...
06/18/2020

In response to recent events brought to our attention, we would like to reiterate our equity statement from our 2020 Model Conference, "We, as the Y&G Leadership team, want to take a moment to acknowledge the frustrations and emotions many of you are feeling as the world responds to the repeated instances of police brutality resulting in loss of black American lives. We are here to support you during this time and want this Conference to not only be a memorable and positive experience, but also serve to empower you all to be catalysts for social change".

06/16/2020
UN Youth Envoy

Essay competition alert! The winner will be invited virtually to take part in the UN75 Commemoration events in New York.

Are you between 15-29 years?
What is your vision for our world post #COVID19?
How do you think we should #LeadTheNewNormal?

Write your mind and share with us your big idea for the "Future we want and the United Nations we need" in a short essay!

More info 👉 bit.ly/2AGTudW

Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs
06/04/2020

Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs

06/03/2020

While our society is reeling around us, the MA Y & G Virtual Conference (first time in videoconference mode!) is kicking off within the hour - and we are so proud of our TEEN LEADERS who have worked so hard to make this a reality! LET'S DO THIS!

06/02/2020
05/30/2020

Great virtual governors ball with B Mo the Prince! What an awesome kickoff to conference. Thanks for volunteering some of your time for the youth of Massachusetts.

Now on to #CONFERENCE2020

Having fun with our 2020 CONA crew 😉
05/29/2020

Having fun with our 2020 CONA crew 😉

05/29/2020

We are so excited for Governor’s Ball virtual dance party tonight! HUGE shout out to radio personality and DJ B Mo the Prince for volunteering his time to DJ this for our teens.

Thanks to YGPA and some dedicated youth leadership for putting on this virtual graduation! If any of our Massachusetts s...
05/20/2020

Thanks to YGPA and some dedicated youth leadership for putting on this virtual graduation! If any of our Massachusetts seniors attend please let us know 🙂

ATTN: CLASS OF 2020! On May 28th, the YMCA Youth and Government will host a Senior Celebration featuring guest speakers, interactive prompts, and a virtual voter registration drive. Invited speakers include Olympians, Governors, YMCA Leaders, and more! Register at http://www.ymcayag.org/celebration/

Great opportunity for high schoolers!!
05/19/2020

Great opportunity for high schoolers!!

The YMCA Changemakers Institute is a 3-month virtual summer program for all high school students, including incoming freshmen and graduating seniors. Learn how to make meaningful, inclusive, and lasting change in your local community while collaborating with youth leaders from around the country.

Register now at www.ymcayag.org/changemakers

Class of 2020- GraduaTED talk opportunity thanks to TED-ED. https://ed.ted.com/graduation
05/11/2020
#graduaTEDTalk

Class of 2020- GraduaTED talk opportunity thanks to TED-ED.

https://ed.ted.com/graduation

Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, millions of students won’t have the opportunity to be honored at an in-person graduation this year. However, billions of us can still celebrate these students online. TED invites all members of the class of 2020 to record and share a #graduaTEDTalk. Let's light up ...

Post your answers in the comments! And don’t forget to register for Digital Conference at bit.ly/digital-yag
05/09/2020

Post your answers in the comments! And don’t forget to register for Digital Conference at bit.ly/digital-yag

Great opportunity to connect with other young people from other countries!
04/26/2020

Great opportunity to connect with other young people from other countries!

You are invited to join the 𝗬𝗠𝗖𝗔 𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗡𝗘𝗖𝗧𝗦 𝗖𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗶𝗴𝗻. We set up a Facebook group, where you will be able to interact with young people from other countries.

Join us and let’s create a community beyond borders and barriers, where we can continue growing and learning together. https://www.facebook.com/groups/YMCAConnects/

04/23/2020
Florida YMCA Youth In Government

Florida YMCA Youth In Government

Learn about the history and importance of Earth Day with Graduate Advisor Lacey Lingelbach. We're loving her ideas about how to celebrate during social distancing. Happy Earth Day, Florida YIG! #YIGEarthDay50 #EarthDay2020 #VirtualEngagement

If you are 18+ please consider taking some time to fill out this survey for Springfield College!
04/22/2020

If you are 18+ please consider taking some time to fill out this survey for Springfield College!

From our friends at Springfield College....

Do you want to be a part of a brief research study about COVID-19 and wellbeing? If so, please take a second and complete this survey:

https://bit.ly/US-COVID-19

This one-off survey asks questions relating to (a) some basic information about you (b) reasons for exercising, (c) physical activity behaviors, and (d) mental wellbeing. We are specifically interested in your experiences before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participation in the survey should take no longer than 20 mins.

To the class of 2020... we’re here for you!
04/14/2020

To the class of 2020... we’re here for you!

In support of the graduating class of 2020 (especially our Youth & Government delegates!) here are the Alliance staffs senior pictures.

Thinking of all the seniors and wishing them the best for the end of this chapter and starting the next. We 🤍 you Class of 2020!

Make sure your voice is heard! Students in MA- take this survey to share your experience and views on diet pills, muscle...
04/06/2020
Reality Check on Weight Loss and Muscle Building Supplements -- for Massachusetts Students

Make sure your voice is heard!

Students in MA- take this survey to share your experience and views on diet pills, muscle-building supplements and
body size discrimination:
https://forms.gle/Xo2W5CMzh2kNtR4S6

This survey is anonymous. We do not ask for your name or anything personally identifiable, so please share your honest answers to help us better understand your experience with weight loss supplements and muscle building supplements! MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS ONLY. PLEASE ONLY TAKE THIS SURVEY ONCE. T...

Thanks to our Youth Governor for representing Massachusetts on this call!
03/27/2020

Thanks to our Youth Governor for representing Massachusetts on this call!

We were honored to host our first YMCA Youth and Government Youth Governors Briefing with some incredible partners and public officials:

Governor Andy Beshear - Thank you for sharing your leadership and empathy that is guiding #TeamKentucky and helping all Youth Governors share the message of #HealthyatHome

National Governors Association - Press Secretary James Nash briefed Youth Governors on how they are coordinating collaboration between Governors across the country.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate - thank you for encouraging youth people to #BeaVoter and remain engaged even during the crisis, and helping ensure voters have options to remain healthy while voting.

National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) - The Y is proud to keep sharing #TrustedInfo from Secretaries of State around the country.

Office of Congressman Seth Moulton, sponsor of newly-introduced the Save the Organizations that Serve (SOS) America Act

Thanks to a recommendation from Youth Governor of Illinois YMCA Youth & Government, we're launching our Youth Governors Association this spring, and working to help pas the SOS America Act through Congress when the Senate returns in April.

03/21/2020

Delegates,

We need your support in reaching congress via social media using the hashtag #relief4charities. Please post using the suggested language below and tag Senator Warren and Senator Markey as well as the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs. You can do this on any and all social media platforms.

Nonprofits like the YMCA are serving #Massachusetts communities during the coronavirus crisis, but the economic downturn makes it harder to provide emergency child care and feed kids. @[Twitter/insta/Facebook handle], please support $60B in support for nonprofits! #Relief4Charities

Thank you for your support!

Youth delegates, please help spread the word!
03/18/2020
Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs

Youth delegates, please help spread the word!

Friends of The Y,

During this pandemic, Ys across the state are finding new ways to support the community. From addressing food insecurity to helping seniors to providing childcare for essential workers. Please help us help you by taking a minute to send these letters to your members of Congress. Advocating for the Y is advocating for your neighbor, your friend, your community.

Apply for CONA by Friday, March 20 at: bit.ly/CONA2020
03/15/2020
CONA: The Ultimate Y&G Experience | Y&G News

Apply for CONA by Friday, March 20 at: bit.ly/CONA2020

APPLY FOR CONA HERE The Conference on National Affairs (CONA) is the holy grail for any and all Youth and Government delegates. The almost week-long experience is, for lack of a better term, like C

Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs
03/12/2020
Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs

Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs

Friends of the Y,

Please use this link to ask Congress to keep nonprofits like The Y in mind while developing their coronavirus stimulus relief proposals. We appreciate your time and support!

Meet the 2020 Speaker of the House & Senate President!
03/08/2020
Get to Know Your New Youth Leadership | Y&G News

Meet the 2020 Speaker of the House & Senate President!

     This February, delegates elected new leadership positions within the Massachusetts Youth and Government program after months of campaigning and preparation. As a result of these ca

Wishing our friends a successful trip to DC! #becauseY
03/02/2020

Wishing our friends a successful trip to DC! #becauseY

Youth Delegates Anna and Thomas waiting for their flights to National Advocacy Days got a head start at Logan airport bumping into Representatives Clark and Pressley!

02/16/2020

This is a reminder to send Cait Sweeney your speeches prior to pre leg 3 if you are running for Senate President or Speaker of the House! [email protected]

Must be 13-19 years old!Can you trust your news feed?In today’s media environment, most of us are exposed only to articl...
01/31/2020
Media Literacy Challenge – Civic Spirit

Must be 13-19 years old!

Can you trust your news feed?

In today’s media environment, most of us are exposed only to articles, messages, and posts that reinforce our existing way of thinking. Yet, there is tremendous power in understanding the logic of “the other side” for the purposes of problem-solving.

https://civicspirit.org/media-literacy-student-challenge/

In today’s media environment, most of us are exposed only to articles, messages, and posts that reinforce our existing way of thinking. Yet, there is tremendous power in understanding the logic of “the other side” for the purposes of problem-solving.

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