Directory of Civic Education Programs in Colorado

Colorado Youth in Government
Curriculum
Staff Development
Special Student Event
Colorado Youth in Government is a statewide youth educational program involving more than 200 high school students in a three-month hands-on experience. No. Three-day model legislature and court at State Capitol; cost is $60 per student.


Grade Level:
9-12

Description:
Colorado Youth in Government is a statewide youth educational program involving more than 200 high school students in a three-month hands-on experience. Students participating in this program gain knowledge of governmental organization as well as legislative process and structure. The program uses a variety of activities to build, encourage, and strengthen those life assets and character traits that will help high school youth become involved responsible adults who are decent and respected citizens. The tool used is a high quality experiential and educational simulation based upon Colorado's state government. The core purpose of this program is exemplified in the motto “Democracy Must Be Learned By Each Generation.”

The program is designed to give students the opportunity to participate directly in the major aspects of state government. Students can run for office to become elected youth officials, assess constitutionality as a justice or lawyer, debate legislation as a member of the Senate or House, or work as a reporter with the print and broadcast media.

The program is open to all interested Colorado high school students, whether or not they are members of the YMCA. The sponsoring organizations, usually (but not exclusively) community YMCAs, form one or more delegations by recruiting teenagers at high schools or through teen outreach programs. In some cases, delegations are sponsored directly by schools and other organizations


Contact:
Kimberly Armitage
Executive Director, Aurora Family YMCA
2625 South Colorado Boulevard
Denver, CO 80222
720-524-2747
Fax: 720-524-2701
karmitage@denverymca.org
Website: Youth in Gov't