23 students will participate in 3-day model government session in Florida’s capitol this month.

February 1, 2017 – Volusia County, FL – Nearly 700 students, advisors and volunteers will participate in the 60th Annual Florida YMCA Youth In Government State Assembly in Tallahassee, February 22nd – 24th 2017. Students from across the state will serve in the actual Florida Senate and House chambers as well as in the Cabinet and Supreme Court offices during the 3-day session.

23 students from the Spruce Creek High School Chapter of the Volusia Flagler Delegation will be participating in this 3 day session. The Assembly acts as the culmination of the YMCA Youth In Government program—“YIG” for short—a year-round civic engagement and service learning experience that offers students around the state the opportunity to participate in a student-run, student-led model government process.

Since the beginning of the school year, students have been researching and prepping their pieces of legislation and practicing committee procedures. They are hopeful that their bills will make it to the debate floor. Some of the bills include topics of community safety, environmental safety and even education curriculum reform. Delegates will have their final rehearsal meetings this month and travel to Tallahassee on February 22nd.

Participants at this year’s assembly continue a tradition that spans more than half a century, with many Youth In Government alumni now serving at the local, state and national levels and we are proud to send our delegates to represent the Spruce Creek High School Chapter of the Volusia Flagler Delegation.

Notable alumni include US Congressman Dennis Ross of Lakeland, former State Representative Seth McKeel of Lakeland, former Florida Speaker of the House Dean Cannon of Winter Park, and Judge Nick Thompson of the Twentieth Circuit Court in Lee County.

The Florida YMCA Youth In Government program was founded in 1957 under the leadership of T. Aubrey Morse of the YMCA in Tallahassee. The program is currently led by Executive Director Samantha Lane.

About Florida YMCA Youth In Government

Florida YMCA Youth In Government is a civic engagement and service learning program of the Florida Alliance of YMCAs that serves over 1,200 students from middle school through college across the state. YMCA Youth In Government programs operate in 38 states and the District of Columbia, serving over 50,000 students each year.

Find out more about the program and our chapter by visiting our website at www.vfymca.org/programs/youth-leadership or the state program website at www.floridayig.net

For More Information About The Volusia Flagler Family Ymca’s Youth In Government Program, Please Contact Liz Kammer, Vice President Of Youth Development At Lkammer@Vfymca.Org Or Visit Vfymca.Org.

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