Intrigued by the Wisconsin YMCA Youth in Government but not yet old enough to hit the age requirement? You're in luck! We offer a program just for you! Our Apprentice program is designed as an introduction to YIG for sixth grade students. 

What will we do?

Apprentices will meet regularly with their local delegation and learn the same types of things that the students in the full program are - how to write a bill, the legislative process, parliamentary procedure, etc. We will strive to give our Apprentices an overview of the full program - legislative, judicial, and media - so that when they can join the full program in 7th grade, they have a basic knowledge of the program areas and can choose the one that will be the best fit for them.

What about the conferences?

Apprentices will attend the Pre-Government conference with their delegation, although they'll have a modified schedule. We'll still do all the big events together (opening and closing ceremonies, guest speakers, service projects, etc.), but while the older YIG delegates are in committee, the Apprentices will be getting additional orientation, rotating through stations, and/or doing engaging activities.

While Apprentices are invited to attend the first day (Friday) of Model Gov, they are NOT permitted to stay the full weekend. However, that Friday will be jam-packed! They will debate their own bills, attend the opening ceremony, and participate/shadow other program areas as well. We are also in the process of setting up a formal mentorship program, through which Apprentices will be paired with older delegates to shadow throughout the day.

How do I get signed up?

Check with your local delegation to see whether they offer the Apprentice Program.