Model Legislature & Court (MLC) offers teen youth participants from around the state the opportunity to collaborate with others, make new friends, and build skills such as critical thinking, persuasive public speaking, writing and research. Youth & Government is rooted in the YMCA’s core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility and is a platform for social responsibility, servant leadership and personal development. We strive to offer a program where everyone feels a sense of belonging and that we help to support the spirit, mind and body of every individual.
Our goal is to nurture the next generation of civically engaged Californians so that they recognize the importance of:
- Civic Knowledge: They understand the structure, function, and procedures of the California Legislature, including bill development.
- Civic Awareness: They can identify the major issues facing their communities.
- Civic Action: They are equipped with the tools they’ll need to make change in their community and can identify the importance of mutual respect, personal responsibility, and active listening in group settings.
The Model Legislature & Court brings together more than 1,300 youth participants representing over 60 delegations across California. Delegates will convene on a weekly basis at local delegation meetings. The program will include in-person events in November and February that allow participants the opportunity to put their training into action as they assume their given roles. Legislation is debated and court cases are decided, as students apply skills they have gained in the program.
Our delegate driven program includes many opportunities for teens to experience true leadership. Our program is led by our Youth Governor, Secretary of State, and Chief Justice with support and guidance from our more than 100 dedicated volunteers.
Branches Offering Model Legislature & Court:
- Anderson Munger Family YMCA (Koreatown)
- Antelope Valley Family YMCA
- Collins & Katz Family YMCA (West LA)
- Culver-Palms Family YMCA
- Downey Family YMCA
- East Valley Family YMCA (North Hollywood)
- Gardena-Carson Family YMCA
- Hollywood YMCA
- Ketchum-Downtown YMCA
- Mid Valley Family YMCA (Van Nuys)
- Montebello-Commerce YMCA
- North Valley Family YMCA (Porter Ranch)
- Palisades-Malibu YMCA
- Pasadena-Sierra Madre YMCA
- San Pedro & Peninsula YMCA (Palos Verdes)
- San Pedro & Peninsula YMCA (San Pedro)
- Santa Anita Family YMCA (Monrovia)
- Santa Clarita Family YMCA
- South Pasadena San Marino YMCA
- Southeast-Rio Vista YMCA
- Torrance-South Bay YMCA
- Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA
- Weingart YMCA Wellness & Aquatic Center (South LA)
- West Valley Family YMCA (Reseda)
- Westchester Family YMCA
- Wilmington YMCA