Since 1957, Florida YMCA Youth In Government has brought the best and brightest to Tallahassee to experience first-hand, the law making process. Florida Youth In Government has grown dramatically over the years and continues to develop programs for high school students. For more than forty years, programs such as Youth In City, Model United Nations, and participation in the Youth Conference on National Affairs, has given Florida teens the ability to have their perspectives heard and discussed. Florida Youth In Government’s most well known program is the State Legislature, designed to familiarize high school students (grades 9-12) with the process, organization, and roles involved with our state’s governmental process.
Local Chapters work together on debate practices, service-learning projects, fundraising efforts, and Assembly preparation. Students choose an area of focus for the State and District Assemblies. It is through these personas that delegates are given the means to learn about their specific role in the context of state government. Florida Youth In Government State Legislature is broken up into five program areas – Legislative, Executive, Judicial, Lobbyists, and the Press Corps. Presiding and Supporting Officers are elected and/or appointed to help each program area interact and function smoothly.
More information can be found at the Florida "YIG" program's website at http://www.floridayig.net.