“Democracy is more than being governed by a majority vote.  It is a process in government that must be learned and earned by each succeeding generation.  Youth cannot inherit democracy.  They achieve it as adults provide them opportunities and leadership.” 

It is with this belief, as stated by former Towson University President Earle T. Hawkins, that the Alliance has operated the Indiana YMCA Youth and Government (INYaG) program since 2014.  INYaG is an experiential learning civic engagement program that uses model government as a vehicle for teaching Hoosier 6th through 12th graders about democracy.  Since 1965, INYaG has been helping Indiana youth find their voices and advocate for what they believe.  The confidence they gain through the program is making them better citizens who are contributing to their local and statewide communities now, as well as the future.

Click below to learn more about the Indiana Youth and Government Program. 

Click here to be added to the Alumni database.

Click here for information on program support options.

*If you are interested in starting a Youth and Government delegation, please contact Iesha Grove for more information. 

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