YIG participants, called “delegates,” are given the choice between the following program areas:

Youth Representatives and Senators identify state issues important to them, their families, their schools, or their communities and write legislation to improve our state. Delegates present their bills in committee hearings at Pre-Gov and on the house and senate floors in the Capitol Building in Madison.

Judicial delegates play the dual role of lawyer and justice. Court members prepare for hearings and make arguments before Youth Justices. Each student will prepare a brief and argue their assigned side of a case, plus have an opportunity to serve on the bench and pass judgment on cases.

Media delegates are responsible for reporting, producing, and publishing several news programs each day via newspaper and digital media. They interact with all program areas and report their findings to students and advisors at the conference.

Comprised of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Secretary of State, these student leaders are voted in by their peers and serve the state program for the duration of their one-year term.

Student leadership opportunities abound in Wisconsin YMCA Youth in Government! In addition to the executive branch delegates, each program area elects their own leadership team each year. Two students from each delegation are selected to serve on a student-run Steering Committee, and the Youth Governor assembles a Governor’s Cabinet to aid in decision-making at the conferences.

Beyond the Model Government conference, students are selected each year to attend and participate in the following leadership programs:

  • CONA (Conference on National Affairs)
  • NJC (National Judicial Competition)
  • National Advocacy Days
  • State Advocacy Day

More information on these “above and beyond” opportunities can be found under the “Opportunities” tab.