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Youth & Government

Youth & Government is a high school age “hands-on” leadership experience in State Government. Our goal is to empower teens to learn how to make an impact on their community. Youth and Government, or YAG, is a great fit for teens who want to see and enact change in the world, or, simply meet more people and have fun. In addition to looking great on a resume, Youth and Government teaches critical thinking skills, networking skills, teamwork, and strives to build self esteem. The highlight of the program is a weekend long trip to Raleigh where the students take control of the mock state government. With many opportunities to grow within the program, students can serve as legislators, attorneys, judges, lobbyists, budget analysts, journalists, photographers, and more. Elected positions are available as well. By allowing teens to become decision makers, they not only learn how the world around them works but also how to make a real difference.

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North Carolina YAG

More information on North Carolina's YMCA Youth and Government program.

Financial Scholarships

If you need financial assistance, you can apply through our Open Doors Financial Assistance program.

Our Mission: "Helping all people reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body."