Youth and Government

Teens learn the meaning and functionality of democracy in our nation by assuming roles of elected state officials and researching, writing and debating their bills. Students will learn how to write a bill, sharpen their public speaking skills and be the voice of Eastern Washington. Six-hundred students throughout the state will meet in the capitol building in Olympia, WA in May to debate their bills and be heard. There will be a dance at the end of the youth legislature in the capitol building to conclude the year.
Contact: Kerstin Fenton,, 525-8863
Location: Pioneer Middle School Library
Ages: Students in grades 8-12
Dates: 10/4/16 – 6/6/17
Days: Tuesdays
Times: 5:30-7 PM
Registration Deadline: 9/23/16
Total Fee: $450 Youth & Y Members / $490 Program Members*


*In order to ensure that the cost of this program does not prevent anyone from participating, we have scholarships available for those that apply and qualify. Delegations also participate in numerous fundraising opportunities to reduce out-ofpocket expense to the participants.
*Fee includes hotel room, transportation, three breakfasts and three dinners while in Olympia (4 days). Students are responsible for lunches.
WA STATE Y&G Financial Aid Applications are due January 2017.
**Program Scholarships are also available through the Walla Walla YMCA.
Payment Schedule:
$50 due at registration (deducted from Total Fee) by December 16, 2016
50% of Total Fee due by January 31, 2017
75% of Total Fee due by February 28, 2017
Total Fees (including financial aid) are due to the YMCA no later than March 31, 2017 in order to attend the trip to Olympia.