Youth & Government
What is it?
Illinois Youth & Government is a YMCA program that teaches high school students about government and the process through which bills become laws. Simply stated, Y&G is a mock legislature; we "play" Congress.
What are the different roles?
Legislative Assistant – Students will create a proposal for a selected topic that is chosen from a list of options. They will then present their proposal in a tournament style forum throughout the Springfield Assembly. A legislator will be assigned to mentor this position. They do not vote for legislation. There must be one LA for every 10 legislators. This position is a great introductory position for those interested, but not quite sure what to expect.
(Open to Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors in their first year in Y&G)
Lobbyists – Work to defeat or pass legislation. Work with a bill group to support their bill but do not vote on legislation. Must write a one-page lobbyist position paper.
(Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors)
Legislators – Form bill groups of 4 and write a bill. Present the bill at Pre-Leg I, Pre-Leg II, and at the Springfield Assembly, both in committees and on the floors of the House & Senate. Vote to pass or defeat legislation. Will possibly be a mentor to a Legislative Assistant
(Open to Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors)
Attorney – Students will work in attorney pairs to present an appellate case to a mock student youth court. They will serve in the capacity of prosecution or defense, and will also serve as a youth justice. Students will prepare a Bench Memo regarding their case and will work with the Attorney Advisor.
(Open to Sophomores (paired with a Junior/Senior), Juniors, and Seniors)
The program year is September through March, however students must be registered by the end of September.
D-1 and A-1 registration forms and Bill Title Forms through the Y&G website.
Signed Form A-1 and D-2 (Codes of Conduct, Medical Forms and Photo Releases; First Payment of Fees; Financial Assistance Forms to Y&G Office.
October 26, 2021
Legislators must email bill briefs and final copies of bills to Rachael.Dovgin@chsd218.org.
Student Templates (bill title, brief, bill forms, lobbyist info, judicial)
Illinois Compiled Statutes
November 6, 2021
PRE-LEG I -- Potentially held at HLR
***Bring snacks as we will NOT be stopping for lunch.
December 4, 2021
January 6, 2022 - Second Payment
Lobbyist Position Papers and Legislative Assistant Final State Issues Forum
January 20, 2022
Judicial Bench Memos submitted to Y&G Office.
February 1, 2022
College Staff Applications to Y&G Office.
March 18-20, 2022
Illinois YMCA Youth & Government Assembly in Springfield, IL.