Nine students leave this week to participate in 3-day model government session in Florida’s capitol.

Volusia, County FL 4.11.18– Nearly 700 students, advisors, and volunteers will participate in the 61st Annual Florida YMCA Youth In Government State Assembly in Tallahassee April 11th – 14th 2018. 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 4-day session, which begins today, Wednesday, April 11th.

Amongst those students will be nine from Spruce Creek High school. 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.

Delegates held their final rehearsal on Monday, April 2nd, 2018 at the Port Orange Family YMCA and traveled to Tallahassee for State Assembly on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

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 Volusia Flagler Family YMCA – Spruce Creek Chapter.

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 contacting Liz Kammer at lkammer@vfymca.org or visiting our website at http://vfymca.org/programs/youth-leadership/

Mission Statement: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

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