High School Leadership

Elected Positions

Fall Training Conference serves as an Election Convention for each district. Read the requirements below for each of the positions. To run at FTC you will need to collect signatures using this Nominating Petition. Download your petition and start collecting signatures from any YMCA MYIG delegate in your delegation or new friends you meet when you arrive at FTC.

Presiding Officers


Legislature 

Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House for the 3 color Chambers. The Lt. Governor will preside over the Senate and the Speaker of the House will preside over the House. These students will lead all Legislative Sessions, set the tone of their chamber and also have roles in the Opening and Closing Sessions. 


Red/White chambers include all 12th graders and 2nd year 11th graders. Candidates for Red/White positions must have attended at least 1 prior YIG conference. Blue chambers include all 9th and 1st year 10th graders. Candidates for Blue positions may be 9th or 10th grade delegates.


Qualifications for Candidacy

 Red/White Blue 
Must be in 10th-12th grade Must be in 9th or 10th grade
    Must have served in at least one year in the high school legislature

      Prior MYIG experience is recommended but not required

      Strong verbal communication skills including the ability to speak to large audiences
        Strong verbal communication skills including the ability to speak to large audiences
          Strong knowledge of parliamentary procedure and a willingness to teach it to others
            Positive attitude and ability to work well with others
              Demonstrate the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility
                Demonstrate the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility


                National Issues Forum

                 The NIF Presiding Officers will preside over the National Issues Forum third committee and General Assembly. These students will set the tone of their program area, preside over proposals and the docketing process, and also have roles in the Opening and Closing Sessions. 


                Qualifications for Candidacy

                Must be in 10th-12th grade
                Prior National Issues Forum experience is required
                  Strong knowledge of parliamentary procedure and a willingness to teach it to others
                    Strong knowledge of parliamentary procedure and a willingness to teach it to others
                  Demonstrate the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility


                  Fall Conference Election Requirements


                  Each Fall Conference will hold elections for the Lt. Governors and Speakers of the House of the respected colors. There will also be elections for the National Issues Forum Presiding Officer. Each candidate will go through a Parliamentary Procedure skit and have up to 3 minutes for their campaign speech. They may be introduced with a 1 minute nominating speech from another delegate.

                    Youth Governor


                    The YMCA Michigan Youth Governor race is comprised of a primary election in the Fall and a General election in the Spring. Each year YMCA MYIG will elect two Youth Governors to serve. Each Youth Governor serves a 1 year term beginning at their election at the end of Spring Conference and ending at the election of the next Youth Governor.  

                    The duties of the governor include serving as the Chief Executive of the YMCA MYIG Spring Conference, selecting and leading a Governor's Cabinet, setting the tone and tenor of the Program Year including leading the Leadership Team and representing YMCA MYIG together with the other Youth Governor for a number of events and occasions throughout the year. 


                    The following are the events where the Youth Governors' will represent YMCA Michigan Youth in Government.

                    • YGPA Governor’s Conference 
                    • YMCA Conference on National Affairs
                    • 1 - 4 Fall Training conferences 
                    • YMCA MYIG Middle School Lansing Conference 
                    • YMCA Michigan Leaders Conference in Lansing
                    • MMA Leadership Breakfast
                    • Legislative Appreciation Breakfast 
                    • YMCA MYIG Advisory Board meeting if possible


                    Primary Election

                    Each Fall Conference will hold 2 Primary Elections and send an early and a late Youth Governor candidate to represent their district. At FTC each candidate will have up to 3 minutes for their campaign speech. They may be introduced with a 1 minute nominating speech from another delegate.


                    Qualifications for Candidacy   

                    Must be in the 11th grade
                    Must have served at least one year in the legislature before serving as Governor
                    Knowledge of parliamentary procedure and the legislative process
                    A knowledge of state issues and possible solutions to state problems
                    Strong leadership skills including the ability to follow through with long term tasks and projects
                     Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to speak to a large audience
                    Positive attitude and the ability to work well with others

                    Demonstrate the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility


                    General Election

                    Each Primary Election winner will advance to the General Election as Spring Conference. Candidates will campaign throughout the Spring Conference event with the final election occurring at Closing Session. The follow campaign opportunities are available to all candidates.

                    • Video commercial created with the Press – 30 seconds
                    • ΒΌ pg. advertisement for the newspaper with the Press
                    •  Campaign space on the advertising board in the Lobby to hang up posters, flyers, etc. (if materials not done before conference, must be completed on leadership training day).
                    • Meet and Greet Wednesday evening with the Lobbyists, NIF Chairs and MJP Presiding Judges.
                    • Gubernatorial Town Hall – Opening 1 minute in each district room, answer questions (should prepare for some common questions and answers ahead of time that delegates may ask).
                    • Closing Session – Introductory speech 1 minute, candidate speech 5 minutes

                    Elected position per district

                    Appointed Positions

                    Read the requirements below for each of the appointed positions. You will indicate your interest in being selected to these positions on your online registration for Spring Conference. Make sure you tell your advisors you have applied for these positions as they can advocate for your selection on the Leadership Recap form due on the December registration deadline. The earlier you submit you registration the better. 

                    Legislative Committee Chairs:

                    Will be responsible for leading committee sessions, keeping the committee on track by setting and adjusting the committee docket as needed. 

                    Qualifications:

                    • Red & White: in the 10th - 12th grade
                    • Blue: in the 9th grade or 10th grade
                    • Knowledge of parliamentary procedure
                    • Strong public speaking skills
                    • Recognized leadership ability
                    • strives for good citizenship and servant leadership skills
                    • Must have attended at least 1 previous conference (White and Red)

                    Inspirational Leader: 

                    Will be responsible for an opening devotion or inspirational  presentation at the beginning of each House or Senate session as well as either an invocation or benediction at one of the General Sessions. In order to recognize the diverse make-up of our students, we will seek representation from a variety of religions.

                    Qualifications:

                    • Willing and able to speak in public
                    • Recognized servant leadership skills
                    • Strives for good citizenship 

                    Senate, House and Committee Clerks: 

                    Will take and report attendance, record and report messages to body, read bills and amendments, track actions and amendments of all business of the body.

                    Qualifications:

                    • Willing and able to speak in public
                    • Willing and able to collaborate with chair/PO to keep body on track and organized. 
                    • Recognized servant leadership skills
                    • Strives for good citizenship 
                    • Responsible and organized 

                    There will be virtual trainings that will be required for all leadership students! Please keep any eye out for emails regarding your trainings! 

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