Youth and Government™

To make her community a better place, Sabrina wants to show everyone that a young, Latina leader can succeed. Find out how this Governor's lobbyist is beating the odds and finding a place in Youth and Government™. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story.
 
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Riley M.

Texas Youth and Government

"One Thing I Learned from the Y: Never Give Up"

Riley may not grow up to be a star basketball player, but he shines as a debater. Find out why this young governor is stepping up to be one of our future leaders of America. This is his Y. His camera. His story. 
 
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Dany S.

Tacoma Center YMCA

"I No Longer Fear What I Have to Say."

Youth and Government™ has not only offered Dany a safe place to thrive, but also it's the reason she calls the Y her second home. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story. 

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Amy D.

YMCA of Greater Montgomery

"I See the World from So Many Angles."

Amy's advice: "To be a good photographer, you have to be aware of your surroundings." Find out why this young leader sees the beauty all around her. This is her Y. Her camera. Her Story.

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Seth R.

Florida Youth and Government

"We're Bringing Our Message to the Table."

Even though it's a little bit scary, Seth's embracing the idea of talking to crowds of hundreds. Follow this young leader to State Assembly where he's meeting with other delegates to exchange ideas and stand up for their beliefs. This is his Y. His camera. His story.
 
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Youth and Government™ is a national program of the Y that involves thousands of teens nationwide in state-organized, model-government programs. Students from every corner of the U.S. have the opportunity to immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement and toquite literally, practice democracy. Teens from across every state meet in their local Youth and Government™ groups throughout the year to discuss and debate issues that affect citizens of their state and to propose legislation. The program culminates with teens serving as delegates at their state conference, debating bills on the floor of the legislature.

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