Job Descriptions

YMCA Michigan Youth in Government encourages all students to be active and voice their opinions on topics of current interest.  Speaking out and encouraging others is a form of leadership.  

Some students may wish to take on larger leadership roles.  As in the real legislative process, there are special leadership positions available for interested MYIG participants.  Please take a look at some of the legislative leadership options listed below.

Responsibilities of Elected Youth Officers

Duties of the Lieutenant Governor

  • As president of the Senate, he or she presides at all sessions of the Senate
  • Must know Senate procedure and be skilled in handling parliamentary rules
  • May appoint necessary committees and their chairmen in the Senate
  • May be called upon at a later date to speak on the legislative program

Duties of the Speaker of the House

  • Presides at all sessions of the House; is a full member of the House
  • Must know House procedure and be skilled in handling parliamentary rules
  • May appoint necessary committees and their chairmen in the House
  • Refers all bills, resolutions, and petitions to an appropriate committee
  • May be called upon at a later date to speak on the legislative program

Duties of the Committee Chair

  • Presides at all meetings of the committee
  • Is a full member of the House or Senate
  • Must be skilled in parliamentary procedure
  • May be called upon at a later date to speak on the legislative program

Duties of the Secretary of the Senate & House Clerk

  • Keeps the records of bills, order of bills to be presented, amendments and their order of presentation and transmits all bills to the Nerve Center
  • Handles the roll call when needed
  • Delivers and receives the bills from committees
  • Counts the votes on all balloting, other than voice vote, and reports the results to the presiding officer
  • Files all bills which have been rejected at his desk after recording the vote by which they were defeated
  • Cares for any property of the state legislature loaned to the youth legislature for use during the Youth In Government Program
  • Announces the arrival of special guests of honor or other officials of the State to which this honor is due

Duties of House & Senate Reading Clerks

  • Obtains the official copies of the next bill to be considered
  • Reads the bill to their house at the time designated by the presiding officer
  • Gives the bill to the Secretary of the Senate or House Clerk after it has been read in their house
  • Assists in the tabulation of votes whenever there is a standing vote on any motion

Duties of the Inspirational Leader

Each inspirational leader (one in each Senate and one in each House) is responsible for the following;

  • Preparing and delivering a devotion at the opening of each session
  • Preparing a devotion for one of the following special occasions:
    • Opening at general assembly
    • Benediction at general assembly
    • Opening at the governor's banquet
    • Benediction at closing joint session

6th/7th Grade Leadership Program

Purpose of the 6th/7th Grade Leadership Program:

  • Opportunities to speak
  • Opportunities to lead
  • Develops self-confidence
  • Learn parliamentary procedure
  • Learn skills that enhance good leadership

The 6th/7th Grade Leadership Program (Blue legislature) is designed to provide leadership skills on a comfort level that will allow young students to feel accomplishments and success. The initial focus of the program is instructional, but it then takes on the same format as the regular legislative program. All bills which are passed by the Blue/White legislature are sent to the Governor for consideration.

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