Youth and Government
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.

By being a part of our Youth and Government Program, teens learn to become responsible, civic-minded citizens who will be better able to understand and get involved in political and public affairs, develop public speaking skills, improve their writing and research skills and become empowered to advocate for their beliefs. Guided by the YMCA's four core values--caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, the program focuses on fostering debate and friendships between delegates free from the tension in modern politics, allowing students to develop themselves in a safe and supportive environment. Other outcomes will include: the opportunity to become significantly involved in social issues, explore careers in public service, develop self-confidence and self-expression, gain experience in political action, increase their ability to organize ideas clearly, concisely and persuasively along with giving individuals experience in the art of speechmaking and debate, enable the individual to learn to take defeat without discouragement and learn to be tolerant of others' points of view.

The program is open to 9th-12th graders in the communities that we serve.  
  • Metuchen Youth and Government


Get involved. Stay engaged.


Want to make the world a better place? Have a passion for a particular topic? Join one of our many civic engagement programs to collaborate, learn, and grow with like-minded peers. Whether you want to get involved with Model UN or  Youth & Government, the opportunities are endless!

Participants are responsible for the costs of the State Conference and other related program fees, however, financial assistance is available for qualified families which is made possible through a grant from the New Jersey Bar Foundation.

For more information, contact:

Metuchen Branch
    Gabriella St. Fleur

First Year of Youth and Government was a SUCCESS..

At the conclusion of the YAG Conference, the YMCA of MEWSA delegation received awards for the following:

Outstanding and Premier Delegations- 12th out of 26

Committee 1 Outstanding First Year Delegate
Caroline Schleif

Best Overall Team I
Grace Johnson

Committee 13 Outstanding First Year Delegate
Aishika Ghante

Congratulations to all of our hard-working teens as well as YAG Leaders Gabby St. Fleur and Matthew Melchione.  Great job!

Metuchen YAG
A typical virtual YAG session
The YAG Group shows off their new totes