California YMCA Youth and Government has provided outstanding statewide educational and social experiences for over 70 years. The YMCA is a cause-driven organization that focuses on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. California YMCA Youth and Government is an integral part of the YMCA movement. These programs, run through partnering YMCAs, schools and youth organizations, have served over 100,000 students over the past 15 years alone.
The YMCA has engaged over 3,300 high school youth and close to 1,000 middle school youth each year from across the state, in programs emphasizing leadership and civic involvement. Its efforts build, strengthen and encourage life assets and positive character traits.