Future Leaders of Wisconsin provides opportunities for teens from around the state to get together and service their communities. We believe in nurturing the potential in every teen to inspire them to be the change they see in the world.


Wisconsin Youth in Government

Governed by its program motto, “Democracy must be learned by every generation,” the Wisconsin Youth in Government (YIG) program seeks to foster the next generation of thoughtful, committed, and active citizens. Youth participants learn the principles of a democratic society by engaging with their peers in the process of civic action.

Conference on National Affairs (CONA)

Every summer, teens from around the nation gather in Black Mountain, North Carolina for a weeklong conference that focuses on matters of national attention and importance. Upwards of thirty states participate, each sending up to 25 delegates who have written carefully-researched proposals.

Service Projects

Service to the community is a pillar of all Future Leaders of Wisconsin programming. As an extension of the Youth in Government program, teens are invited to engage in statewide service projects designed to improve our Wisconsin communities.

Youth Advocate Program

This program is designed for teens who are passionate about advocating on behalf of the Y’s agenda in support of healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility. Youth advocates participate in National Advocacy Days and State Advocacy Days activities, as well as special programming that will help connect these young people to the Y and aims to engage them as Y supporters and advocates. The Youth Advocate Program will also give students exposure to national policy making, Y-USA advocacy efforts, program alumni, public policy career tracks and much more.