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Youth & Government Program

Posted: Saturday, August 28, 2010

By: Michelle Bradley (Expired article)

Santa Ynez, CA -

The Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA is accepting registrations for High School teens, grades 9-12, that are interested in having a voice in their community and being a part of a state-wide “Youth & Government” program. The YMCA Youth & Government is a highly acclaimed California Model Legislature and Court Program that brings together over 2,400 students from across the state of California to participate in state government through trainings that improve public speaking and leadership skills, and a 5 day Sacramento conference in February.

Participants will write legislation, debate motions, lobby bills, argue actual court cases and may choose to participate in the media program. For those interested in participating, a parent and participant information meeting will be held Wednesday, September 18th, 2:30 p.m. at the Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA. Please call (805) 686-2037 to RSVP. Scholarships are available through the YMCA’s Campaign for Youth, the Santa Barbara Foundation, and the YMCA Youth & Government Scholarship Fund.

About the Channel Islands YMCA

The Channel Islands YMCA is a charitable organization of seven YMCA branches serving Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties including Camarillo Family YMCA, Ventura Family YMCA, Santa Barbara Family YMCA, Montecito Family YMCA, Lompoc Family YMCA, Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA in Santa Ynez, and YMCA Youth & Family Services.

The Channel Islands YMCA serves over 44,000 individuals and provides over $1.2 million in financial assistance to low-income families for child care, YMCA memberships, away camps, youth sports, teen after-school-programs, and operates Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter and the Isla Vista Teen Center.

Mission: The Channel Islands YMCA is a charitable organization providing programs based upon Christian principles to men, women and children of all ages, races, religious beliefs and economic status to develop and enrich the spirit, mind and body.

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