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62nd MINNESOTA YMCA YOUTH IN GOVERNMENT MODEL ASSEMBLY BRINGS YOUTH TOGETHER FOR STATE'S LARGEST HANDS-ON CIVIC EDUCATION EVENT JANUARY 7-10

 


St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota YMCA, a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, will welcome 1,400 students in grades eight through 12 to the Minnesota State Capitol Complex January 7-10 for the Youth in Government (YIG) Model Assembly.

At the 62nd YIG Model Assembly, the state’s largest hands-on civic education event, students will gain confidence and political know-how by passing laws, trying court cases and creating open government without the confines of partisanship. Participants from 40 schools and YMCA-based delegations take on roles of legislators, lobbyists, lawyers, judges and justices as well as members of the media.

“Model Assembly is an opportunity for Youth in Government participants to connect and collaborate with their peers from across the state,” said Orville Lindquist, state program executive for Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government. “Our students grow by exploring different areas of public policy and taking on leadership roles within the program.”

Some YIG participants ¬— such as Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon and retired Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge David Minge, and State Representative Nick Zerwas — have gone on to public office, while others have become advocates, attorneys, engineers, businesspeople and more as active, engaged citizens.

Students also elect their peers to leadership roles within each branch of government. The 2016 youth governor is A.J. Yablonsky, a senior from the Ridgedale delegation in Minnetonka, and the 2016 Youth Lt. Governor is Annalee Blake, a senior from the Mounds View delegation.

WHO:

Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government

WHAT:

62nd Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government Model Assembly

WHERE:

Minnesota State Capitol Complex at 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard in St. Paul, MN 55105

· Please note: YIG will be in the State Office Building and the Minnesota Judicial Center during the renovations at the Capitol building.

WHEN:

Sessions will be held at the Capitol Complex at the following times.

Friday, January 8, 2016 and Saturday January 9, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

About the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities

The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities is a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Established in 1856 in St. Paul, 160 years ago, and a decade later in Minneapolis, the Ys provide life-strengthening services across 12 counties of the greater Twin Cities metro region and western Wisconsin communities. The 27 Y locations and program sites, seven overnight camps, 10 day camps, and more than 90 child care sites engage nearly a quarter million men, women and children of all ages, incomes and backgrounds. To learn more about the Y’s mission and work, visit http://www.ymcatwincities.org.

 

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