Youth And Government
Missouri YMCA Youth And Government is a student-driven simulation of state government, which involves around 1,000 Missouri high students annually. Since 2009, TCHS students have been given the opportunity to meet new people, develop leadership skills and experience democracy based on the YIG motto “Democracy Must Be Learned By Each Generation”.
Beginning in the fall of each year, TCHS students will come together to choose their roles and prepare for the capstone event in November at the Missouri State Capital Building in Jefferson City, the Youth And Government State Convention. With adult guidance these students are responsible for operating the three branches of state government, plus a functional print and video press all through the framework of the U.S. and Missouri Constitutions. Legislators write their own legislation, meet in committees and debate the issues of the day in the House and Senate chambers. Attorneys research their civil case, then try their cases before student judges and engage in a blind, second trial competition. The entire event is covered by a student newspaper, published four times in three days, and by a student television news program that airs several times each day. Participants also engage in campaigns and elections for state executive officers, such as governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and secretary of state, who will serve during the following year. Our TCHS students have won several honors over the last six years, such as Best Witness in Trial Competition, Bill Signed into YIG Law by Youth Governor, Senior Editor for YIG Newspaper, Most Promising Judge.
Along with the responsibility of learning about democracy and becoming responsible citizens, our TCHS students live and exhibit the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, which are the four core values of the YMCA and are very important values within the Catholic Church. TCHS students never fail to show other Missouri high school students how diversity works well at TCHS through our openness and positive mindset concerning all people throughout Missouri and beyond.
See Mrs. Column if you are interested in joining.