Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
We build values-based leadership and civic engagement in California's youth to strengthen our democracy.
California YMCA Youth & Government (Y&G) is an independently chartered YMCA that runs programs in conjunction with local YMCAs throughout the state. Program policies are set by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board also employs a President/CEO who supervises both a small paid staff and a large volunteer staff in administering all policies and practices.
Model Legislature & Court (ML/C) A six-month program in which high-school aged delegates, (9th-12th grades) role play the various positions of the California State Legislature and the State Court systems. Students participate by joining local YMCA delegations. Within these delegations, they create bills to be submitted to the Model Legislature, research and practice court cases, and attend the three annual Model Legislature & Court conferences.