In the Model Legislature at YIG students write their own bills, elect their own leaders and advocate for policies that they believe will make their communities better. The teens complete the background research and prepare the make the case for their own bill. Additionally they need to prepare to deliberate bills written by their fellow legislators. Team work is an essential part of passing legislation both locally and state wide. Through the legislative process of YMCA MYIG teens build lasting friendships, gain leadership skills and are empowered to use their voice now and into the future.
YMCA Michigan Youth in Government's Legislative branch emulates Michigan's Legislative bodies in many ways
The legislative power of the State of Michigan is vested in a bicameral (2-chamber) body comprised of a Senate and a House of Representatives. The Senate consists of 38 members who are elected by the qualified electors of districts having approximately 212,400 to 263,500 residents. Senators are elected at the same time as the governor and serve 4-year terms concurrent with the governor's term of office. Terms for senators begin on January 1, following the November general election.