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.
Note: Because of the number of delegates at the Lansing conference, the legislature has been split into three areas, Red, White and Blue. Each legislature is entirely independent of the others. Bills must only pass though one in order to be sent to the Governor.