As a graduate of the YMCA New Jersey Youth and Government Program, I am so happy that you and your child are joining our community. I personally believe in the values and skills that the YMCA Civic Engagement Programs teach and
The strength of our programming is a reflection of the YMCA 4-core values: Honesty, Caring, Respect, and Responsibility. Though the NJ Youth and
The Junior Legislator Program in particular aims to strike balances between debate procedure, skills, and community. We use debate procedure to teach respect for opinions and speakers, and we use bills for critical thinking and
If your son or daughter is struggling to think of a topic for their bill, is nervous about speaking, meeting new people, or is already an activist, they are welcome just as they are! We hope that they leave our conference season feeling confident in themselves, their new skills, and are excited about who they want to become.
Thank you for your time, for working with us, and for your trust. We look forward to an excellent 2018 Junior Legislators Program!
Program Director, Jr. Legislators Program