Since 1946, students across our region have participated in Youth in Government (YIG), an immersive four 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 8-12 join or form a YIG delegation which will hold meetings for their group leading up to the conference. High School students will choose to serve as legislators, judges, attorneys, lobbyists, media representatives, or cabinet members. Eighth-grade students start by participating as a member of the Leadership Corps where they will get to experience all areas of the program to allow them a chance to choose how to continue their YIG journey in high school.
In early November, delegates from all over the state come together for an online training called LAUNCH to get prepare for the four-day conference in early January. On January 5th, delegations from all over the state of Minnesota and Western Wisconsin will come together between the Hilton Hotel in Minneapolis and the Minnesota State Capitol to engage in the 69th Minnesota Youth in Government event!
- 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
Minnesota students in grades 8-12
2023 Conference Dates
January 5 – January 8, 2023
LAUNCH - via Zoom
Saturday, November 5th
State Fee: $479
Delegation Fee: Varies by delegation. Ask your Delegation Director for more details.
Registration Opens: Tuesday, September 27th
Priority Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 18th
Registration Closes: Tuesday, November 15th
*Incentives available for early registration and financial assistance is available.
Step 1: Find your delegation
Search our Delegation page to see if your school is already involved. If you do not find them listed, send us an email at email@example.com and we can work on getting a delegation within 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 program materials to Regy
Step 6: Attend Youth in Government conference
2023 Governor Katie Taffe
2023 Lt. Governor Adi Vibhakar
2023 Secretary of State Thay See
2023 Speaker of Sanford House John Goettl
2023 President of Knutson Senate Brady Sternberg
2023 President of Spear Senate Burke Widman
2023 Speaker of Humphrey House Tonya Bergstrom
2023 President of Smith Senate Addy Berg
2023 Speaker of Myers House Megan Barker
2023 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Alissa Permaul
2023 Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals Ellie Aars
2023 Chief Judge of the District Court Isabella Ly
2023 Chief Judge of the Trial Court Emily Ren
2023 Lobbyist Director Kelly Fung
2023 National Issues Forum Presiding Officer Joseph Ayalew
2023 Media Director Maggie McBrady
2023 Steering Committee Chair Olesia Sarazhynskyy
2023 Steering Committee Vice Chair Zali Akiba