Youth Governor

Application Due 3/19

Duties and Responsibilities

as Lt. Governor

  • Serves as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet and fulfills such duties as assigned
  • Becomes thoroughly familiar with the overall program design
  • Attends Pre-Legislative Session as a candidate.

as Youth Governor

  • Provides the leadership model for the entire Program, reflecting the Code of Conduct and the YMCA Ground Rules
  • Attends the week long Youth Governor’s Conference held in Washington DC the June following his/her election
  • Selects a Cabinet prior to the next Pre-Legislative session
  • Sets the tone for the Program with a speech given at Pre-Legislative Session
  • Presides over the Pre-Legislative Session as well as the Conference Weekend including but not limited to: the banquets, Opening and Closing sessions
  • Studies with the Cabinet each legislative action and prepares a response
  • Works throughout the year with Program Staff as necessary to plan for and ensure a quality program
  • Represents the program positively in school and in the community


Youth Governor Election Process

Pre-Legislative Session

  • Each candidate must write and submit a letter to the delegates, outlining their ideas and changes they would implement if elected; this will be distributed to the delegates which can then be utilized during the Whistle-Stop Campaign where candidates have an opportunity to express their views in a small-scale setting along with their Lieutenant Governor
  • During Gubernatorial Debate, each candidate running for Youth Governor will be asked two questions and will have the opportunity to answer the questions in a short speech in front of all the delegates



  • Each Candidate will be given 2 opportunities to address the conference:
    • Opening Session – a 3 minute introduction speech
    • Dinner – a formal debate between the candidates
  • Elections will be held during committee on Friday evening –the results will be announced on Saturday night.
  • Rules for the debate will be provided to candidates prior to conference
  • Voting will be done by preferential ballot: all delegates will be asked to select their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices for next year’s Youth Governor position

Campaign Regulations

  • Election Speeches are to address platform issues of interest or concern in each of the Committee areas, each issue does not need to receive equal attention
  • Speeches are to emphasize the Candidate’s own strengths and aspirations, they may NOT include any negative comments about the opponent(s)
  • Campaigns are to address issues of concern to both the State of New Jersey and the Youth and Government Program, candidates are to avoid making promises that cannot be kept or statements that cannot be supported with factual data
  • Candidates are encouraged to visit with other delegations between Pre-Legislative Session and the Program. 
    • Permission is to be obtained, in advance, from the Delegation Advisor
  • All campaign materials and activities MUST be in good taste, reflect a positive image, and adhere to the YMCA Ground Rules
  • Candidates are NOT permitted to buy or give gifts of any kind to delegates, including pens, t-shirts, stickers, and buttons
  • No Campaign material may be posted during Conference. 
  • All Campaign material must be removed/picked-up prior to the conclusion of the Pre-Legislative Session. 
  • Advisors are expected to remain impartial


Violations of ANY of the rules mentioned above may result in immediate disqualification from running for office.