Our mission and goal:
To help teenagers become responsible citizens and future leaders of our nation. To create an environment in which students can increase their political awareness and understanding, while learning the meaning of social action through an actual experience in government.
Youth and Government
YMCA youth and government is a national program of the YMCA that involves thousands of teens nationwide in state-organized model-government programs. Students from every corner of the united states have the opportunity to immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement and to, quite literally, practice democracy
The youth legislature is composed of the middle school students with the appropriate officers for the legislative. Members of the prepare legislation (Bills) for consideration, debate, and action. Research using the library, internet, interviews with experts and so forth to develop a strong bill is a must. Students will learn parliamentary procedure and oral presentation skills.
Students can run for office such as: governor, Speaker of the House, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Speaker of Duran House, and President Pro Tempore of Duran. Eligible students run at the local district election and the winners of each district election then at the state election. Students must develop and implement their campaign strategy. They will learn the importance of different point of views, listening, critical thinking, communication, teamwork and effective leadership
Like legislative but you work in a team of 3. You get topics and you choose and take a stance on your topic and support your stance.
New for this year Model UN:
YMCA Texas Model United Nations is a youth development program in which 8-12 grade students simulate the United Nations as member states who meet to to solve pressing global problems with the art of compromise and diplomacy. Join us and change your world.
The Texas Model UN Assembly is a three day, two night conference that creates a working replica of the United Nations, conducted almost entirely by students. Delegates can participate in a model General Assembly, Economic and Social Council, Security Council, Media Corps and more.
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“Youth and Government is life changing. My shy quiet sixth grader daughter can now give a speech to 1200 without a problem, and she gave a TedEx talk at SMU when she was in high school.”
IMPORTANT DATES 2019-2020
October 8, 2019:
Evaluator Training in Mrs. AB’s Room (G129) at 6 pm
November 9, 2019:
Faubion Invitational (9-3:30) at Faubion Middle School
November 16, 2019:
Youth and Government District 5 competition from 7:30am to 5:30 pm. (Attendance is required in order to attend State in February.)
January 11, 2020:
Dowell Invitational at Dowell Middle School (8:30-3:00)
February 8, 2020:
Coppell Invitational (8:30-3:30)
February 21-23, 2020:
State Conference in Austin, Texas
April 24, 2020:
Youth and Government Banquet at Dowell Cafeteria 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
April 28, 2020:
Youth and Government Share at the McKinney ISD School Board Meeting at 7 pm.
May 9, 2020:
McKinney Newbie Camp at Dowell Middle School
Mrs. Judith Anderson-Bruess
Mrs. Rachael Harrison
Mrs. Rachael Harrison