Meet Luke

2018 Youth Governor - Luke Rufenacht

November 20th, 2011. From what I can recall it was a cold, blistery day, not too uncommon for our state at that time of the year. For the eleven year old I was, the day did not appear to have any significance besides the fact that I would be spending the next three days away from my parents (a monumental event). When I arrived at the Causeway Bay that Sunday morning, I had no idea that this new experience would mold me into the person that I am today.

This new experience was of course YMCA Michigan Youth in Government, and from the moment I walked through the door I have been hooked. I joined MYIG because I had been in love with politics from an early age. At the time I thought Youth in Government was all about procedure and trying to get your bill passed. Instead of making new friends, I would hang out with the kids from my delegation. It took me three years of middle school YIG to realize that this program is really about so much more.

When I reached high school I started to really see the effect that we, as youth, can have. I saw that MYIG brings hundreds of students together from all throughout the state of Michigan to work on the issues that are affecting the world around us. For me, MYIG was no longer about getting a bill passed, it was about the youth of our state coming together to work on these issues that were affecting us. Through this program I was able to develop and refine my own ideals and beliefs that I still hold today.

MYIG opened my eyes to the fact that politics is not about procedure, it is about people. Since November 20th, 2011, I have been able to connect with hundreds of people and make friendships that will continue for the rest of my life.

I am excited to be serving as the Youth Governor for the 2018 Late Conference! I am honored to be able to represent my fellow delegates and friends who will be fighting for the issues affecting all of us. Throughout the next year, it is my goal to bring this conference together, despite party lines, branches of YIG or anything that may separate us. It is my mission to make MYIG the best program that it can be, and this can only be done together.

If it were not for this incredible program I do not know where I would be today. I believe that everyone deserves a chance to be a part of this experience that we all are so fortunate to partake in so we need to reach out to more schools and bring greater diversity to our conference. Imagine debate with people from every part of the state being represented.

I am truly looking forward to the upcoming year, and the opportunity to work with all of you to make this program, and our state the best it can be!


Luke Rufenacht

Quincy High School

2017-2018 Youth Governor

YMCA Michigan Youth in Government
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Okemos, Michigan 48864
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