Monday, September 15, 2014, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
YMCA of the Inland Northwest office
1126 N Monroe, Spokane
During this presentation, you and your kids in grades 7-12 will be introduced to the YMCA's Youth & Government Programs - home to the Youth Legislature and Mock Trial programs in Washington State! Your family will get to meet the program directors, coaches, and current student participants. They are ready to answer all your questions about their programs!
By encouraging teens to be active and engaged in their communities, by fostering debate and problem solving about local issues, and by inspiring a sense of civic responsibility we build informed and service oriented leaders.
FOUNDED IN 1987, YMCA Mock Trial is offered in local YMCA’s, schools, and community groups. By providing access to teens and encouraging their participation in the judicial branch of our government, teens acquire the leadership, team building and public speaking skills that lead to the development of active and engaged citizenship. This program runs from about October- February.
This is a fast paced and exciting program. There is a very strong high school MT program currently running at Mt. Spokane High School by Jessica Shoemaker. Kids learn how a courtroom is run through real-life cases and drama. Each year a new case is written; themes from insurance fraud, terrorism, and rendering criminal assistance to name a few. Youth will learn the roles for witnesses and attorneys, as well as study evidence while learning court room decorum. Once February arrives teams will compete against other teams from around the area in a real court room arguing either prosecution or defense. This program builds self-esteem, public speaking skills and the ability to work as a team. This year's mock trial topic will be the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), global surveillance disclosures, and ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Founded in 1947, YMCA Youth Legislature provides opportunities for teens statewide to find their
voice on the issues facing society today. Offered in local YMCA’s, schools, and community groups statewide, students are empowered to address concerns in their communities while building a better understanding of the “shades of gray” that dominate adult life. This Program runs from about November-May.
A great program that helps build confident youth, while hone skills in writing, research, and public speaking. Delegates learn about the variety of views and issues surrounding WA, as they discuss alternatives and solutions facing their own community. Focusing on bill-writing and how the legislative process has an impact. Ending with a 5 day trip to Olympia, WA where delegates argue their bills on the house and senate floor with 300 other delegates from all over the state, ending with a governor’s ball. Youth can fun to be senators, speakers, pages, and more.
Helping develop civic-minded youth, who learn how to not only be leaders of the future, they are leaders of today.
Ages: Students in grades 7-12 can join the Youth & Government Programs. All ages can attend this presentation as long as they are quiet and not disruptive.