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Youth in Government

Colorado Teens: Speak Up and Stand Out

The YMCA’s Youth in Government Program gives students first-hand knowledge of how government works.

For three days every year, students learn about the state’s democratic system, and how laws and government shape people’s lives. They explore all major aspects of state government, filling roles as politicians, lobbyists, attorneys, and journalists.

Then they convene for a mock General Assembly at the State Capitol where they write bills, lobby, debate, and vote, all using the real House Floor, Senate Chambers, and committee rooms in the state capitol. This is the only program of its kind that offers this type of experience and access to Colorado’s legislative offices.



General Assembly

November 24-27, 2019 at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver

Registration Info

  • Deadline: November 11, 2019 
  • Cost: $85 per student. Hotel stay is an additional cost, please see more information below. 

Register Now


Hotel Stay

  • Schools should seriously consider bringing their group to stay. Scholarships for hotel stay are available. Information on the YMCA hotel block will be updated as we finalize details.
  • Dates and Location: November 24 - 26, 2019. Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202.
  • Check-in: 4 pm, November 24
  • Hotel fee (per person): $75. Includes breakfast Monday-Wednesday, see breakfast details below.
  • Monday breakfast: One hot breakfast sandwich or burrito, one piece of whole fruit (banana, apple or pear), and choice of one bottled juice or bottled water
  • Tuesday breakfast: One yogurt with granola topping on the side, one piece of whole fruit (banana, apple or pear), and choice of one bottled juice or bottled water
  • Wednesday breakfast: One hot breakfast sandwich or burrito, one piece of whole fruit (banana, apple or pear), and choice of one bottled juice or bottled water

Register Here for Hotel Stay

Bill Deadline

  • Final bills due: November 11, 2019 at 11:59 pm (Bills submitted after the deadline will not be added to the bill book)

Submit Bill Here


Training and Other Events

  • Officer and Committee Chair Online Training: TBA 
  • Pre-Legislative Session: November 24, 2019 at 6 pm. This is highly encouraged for new delegates as well as those returning. Youth do not need to be staying in the hotel to join the Pre-leg session, but it is also encouraged for participants to stay near the Capitol.
  • Youth Officers' Reception: Monday, November 25. This event is an opportunity for our elected officers to meet donors and board members as well as other special guests. Invite only, RSVP required. 
  • Governor's Ball: Tuesday, November 26. Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. Enjoy great food, hear your candidate speeches and dance with new friends! You will not want to miss this one! RSVP required: Dinner is included. Officer Candidates are required to attend.  

YMCA membership not required. Scholarships are available for schools and students who qualify. Students must be in 7th through 12th grade. To learn about YMCA Scholarships please contact Amy Louvier at 720 274 5759.

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For more information, contact: 

Robyn Hills

2625 S. Colorado Blvd., 80222
Phone: 720-524-2707