The CHS Youth and Government Club is part of the New Hampshire chapter of the national YMCA Youth and Government program.
Purpose of the Youth & Government Program
The purpose of the YMCA Youth & Government Program is to prepare participants for moral and political citizenship in local, state, or national government roles. YMCA Youth and Government provides guidance, training and an experience in the American democratic process through the form of state government. The YMCA Youth & Government Program is based upon the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility and seeks to accomplish its purpose in the following ways:
To provide guidance, training and experience in the theory and practice of determining public policy
To confirm the principles of democracy and promote moral courage in solving public questions.
To develop the attitude that through collaborative action in the three branches of government (executive, legislative and judicial) people can improve their current situations.
To reveal the importance of the freedoms set forth in the Bill of Rights and in State and Federal Constitutions.
To show that an honest difference of opinion, with freedom to express it, is a healthy medium in which to attain personal dignity.
To indicate that in our society judgments with respect to values and goals will rest with the members of that society.
The YMCA Youth & Government Program believes that only members of a society can improve that society and all citizens must be educated in the process of policy-making where emotions and feelings are tempered by reason and by fact.
New Hampshire Program Design
The YMCA Youth & Government program in New Hampshire celebrates over 60 years of history. The program serves 300 teens from 30 schools throughout New Hampshire. The program takes place in March/April and is held at the state capitol. Here students have an opportunity to experience state government by electing their own youth officials. Elected officials include: Governor, House Speaker, Senate President and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Other delegates participate as members of the House and Senate, Executive Council, Supreme Court, Lobbyists or Press Corp. Students are responsible for writing their own legislation prior to arriving in Concord. This legislation is compiled into a Billbook from which the work of the House and Senate committees is derived.
The first meeting of the year will be held on Wednesday, September 28th at 2:45pm in W4032. Visit the New Hampshire Youth and Government website for more information (http://nhymcayag.org/) or contact Chris Herr, Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.