Since 1936, students across the nation have participated in local Youth in Government (YIG) conferences. In Wisconsin, the conference consists of an immersive three days that includes focused discussions on current issues, a wide variety of social events, engaging evening activities, time for small-group reflection, and hands-on leadership development.

The program starts in late fall when students in grades 7-12 join or form a YIG delegation, most likely at their school or through their local YMCA. Students can choose to serve as legislators, judges, attorneys, media representatives, or cabinet members. Delegates that are in 7th grade will be apart of the Leadership Corps program which will allow them to understand all the program areas for Youth in Government and choose how they would like to continue their YIG journey as 8th graders. Leading up to the conference, students work together with their local delegations to prepare materials for their program areas, listen to speakers, and practice their presentation skills. 

Highlights

  • Focus on state and local issues
  • Meet students with similar interests from across the state
  • Choose from many program area options
  • Practice leadership skills in this entirely student-led state government 

Who

Wisconsin students in grades 7-12

2023 Conference Dates

Friday, March 3rd - Sunday, March 5th, 2023

Wisconsin State Capitol & The Best Western Premier Park Hotel.

Cost

State Fee: $289.00

Delegation Fee: *Varies by local delegation for transportation, local meeting supplies, t-shirts, etc.

*Incentives available for early registration and financial assistance is available.

Getting Started

Step 1: Connect with us

Shoot us an email at youthvoice@ymcanorth.org. We can find the nearest delegation or work on getting one started at your school!

Step 2: Register and select program area preferences

Step 3: Receive program assignment via Regy Account or Delegation Director

Step 4: Research & prep for your program area

Step 5: Upload materials to Regy

Step 6: Attend Youth in Government conference