“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 7th through 12th graders about democracy. Since 1965, INYaG has been helping Hoosier youth to 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.