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YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs

This program offers unusual opportunities for a young person to do research in the area of National and International concern; to organize this information into a proposal; to engage in intensive discussion and to debate these proposals with understanding young people from other states.

Young people who have participated in the YMCA Young Conference on National Affairs are unanimous in their belief that this experience makes a vital contribution in helping young citizens to learn more about the democratic form of Government.

Objectives of the program are:

To gain an awareness of National concerns and issues.
To increase understanding of Federal Government and its relation to State, National and International matters.
To have and use a means for communicating concerns about National Affairs to appropriate persons and groups at Federal Government levels.
To develop increased understanding of needs, responsibilities and opportunities.
To work creatively together with young adults and adults.
To help youth and adults to better understand and strengthen their values for living through the Christian objectives of the YMCA.

Qualification of Participants: 

Participated in their own YMCA State Youth in Government or YMCA Model U. N. Program
Draft a proposal of national or international concern
Proposals must not exceed two pages and must be submitted no later than May 20th. The proposal must express the views of the author and the objectives and content of the proposal are far more important than form.
The selection process is highly competitive and no more than 25 students will be chosen to represent Michigan.

Learn more about the conference, watch videos and read their blog at

YMCA Michigan Youth in Government
2175 Association Drive, Suite 200
Okemos, Michigan 48864
Phone: (517) 639-4480 - Contact Us
Fax: (517) 639-3525