Youth Civic Engagement

Youth in Government
Michigan Youth in Government (YIG) is a comprehensive program that teaches state governmental process in a fun, interactive, and exciting way. Participants learn about bill writing, parliamentary procedure, current issues facing the State of Michigan, and much more. Over the course of regular meetings, participants put their knowledge into practice through frequent debates. The YIG program culminates in a two-day conference at the State Capitol in Lansing, where participants take part in mock committees and legislative sessions in House and Senate chambers. Through separate middle school and high school programs, Michigan Youth in Government offers participants a chance to learn and apply their skills in age-appropriate settings.

High School Youth in Government 

Designed to be more intensive and detailed, the High School YIG program runs from September through early March. Participants focus on governmental process, but delve deeper into the current issues facing the State of Michigan. With a heavier emphasis on debate skills and parliamentary procedure, students take a stance and develop detailed bills that reflect their personal and political interests. The conference, which is typically held in late February/early March, runs from Wednesday to Sunday with daily activities at the Capital. During the conference time, participants function as either a Senator or Representative and work to lobby for and against bills created by their peers, including their own. Alternative roles to Representative and Senator include elected positions like Governor and Speaker of the House. Non-elected positions include lobbyists, lawyers (who conduct mock trials), pages, clerks, committee chairs, and cabinet members. Currently, club locations are located at the Ann Arbor YMCA. We are also open to the possibility of bringing the program directly to your school. 

High school meetings will begin the week of September 22nd at the following location:

Ann Arbor YMCA: Mondays 5:30 – 6:30 

Please contact Abigael Davis, the Youth in Government Coordinator, at 734.661.8017 or



Middle School Youth in Government

The Middle School YIG program runs from early September to late November.  Regular meetings are held once a week in an after school club format at participating Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti schools.  Students who do not attend one of the participating schools are welcome to join us at our YMCA meetings.  We are also open to the possibility of bringing the program directly to your school, should there be an interest in hosting a YUG club.  Clubs meet at least eight times on designated days between September and the November YIG conference.  The conference will is traditionally held on the weekend prior to Thanksgiving. In their assigned role as Senator or Representative, participants introduce, debate and vote on bills that they and their peers have created. Leadership positions also include Lieutenant Governor, Clerk, Chaplain, and Committee Chair.  Sign up for the Middle School program begins in September. Financial scholarships are available for middle school students who wish to attend the November YIG conference.  These scholarships are made possible through generous donations to the Annual Campaign.  To obtain a scholarship application, contact Abigael Davis at 734.661.8017 or

Weekly meetings begin SEPTEMBER 15th for middle school students at the following locations:

Clague: Tuesdays 3-4

East Arbor Charter Academy: Tuesdays 3:30- 4:30

Erickson: Wednesdays 3:30-4:30

Ann Arbor Open at Mack: Thursdays 3-4

Estabrook: Thursdays 3:30 – 4:40

Ann Arbor YMCA: Tuesdays 5:15 – 6:15