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Youth in Government

Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government is a youth-led, experiential learning opportunity, which involves over 1,800 Minnesota students each year.  Participants research topics and prepare to present at the Model Assembly Session in January, held in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.  Students participate as legislators, judges, media personnel, elected officials and more! Participants spend their days in official meetings and sessions and spend their evenings in structured free-time activities, including dances, karaoke, movies, a carnival and other options.

Students grades 8 – 12 are invited to join the Orono Delegation of Youth In Government! Minnesota YMCA Youth In Government is a youth-let experiential learning opportunity, which involves over 1,800 Minnesota students each year. Participants research topics and prepare to present at the Model Assembly session in January, held in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Participants spend their days in official meetings and sessions and spend their evenings in structured free-time activities, including dances, karaoke, movies, a carnival and other options.

Important Dates

Parent & Student Informational Session: Tuesday, September 19, 2017  6-7 pm – Middle School Auditorium
Delegation Meeting: Thursday, October 26, 2017 – 6-7 pm – Middle School Auditorium
Launch Event: Saturday, October 28, 2017 – Fridley High School
Spartan Hour Meeting: Friday, November 10, 2017
Spartan Hour Optional Work Hour Session: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Spartan Hour Meeting: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Snack Break Meeting: Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Model Assembly: January 4-7, 2018 – Minneapolis & St. Paul

 

NOTE: Volunteer parent advisors are needed to chaperon Model Assembly. We must have a ratio of 1 advisor to every 10 students, so the parents are a critical part of this program! It would also be great if advisors could attend some delegation meetings, but not required. If you’d like more information, send an email to Genna at gtorney@orono.k12.mn.us.

Registration Information

All students wishing to participate in YIG: Model Assembly are REQUIRED to send an email of interest to Genna Torney, Orono’s delegation director. Approval is NOT guaranteed. Once approval has been given, directions will be given to register through Orono Community Education and the YMCA.

*Those who attended Model Assembly and/or Model United Nations in year’s past will be given priority registration.

YMCA REGISTRATION PROCESS: Student registration will be a two-part process. It is important that the processes be done in order and by the right people (i.e., parents shouldn’t be managing the student portion, nor should advisors).

  1. Parents will go to the YIG website and click on “Register” and then on the “For Parents” button. This will launch Personify protocols, where the parent will provide demographic information about themselves and their student, as well as providing payment information.
    1. Once complete, Personify will pass student information along to REGY (and will do this about every 2 – 3 minutes, so it will not be instant, but still quick)
    2. REGY will send an email to the student, telling them to log into REGY and complete the process.
  2. Students will follow the link and provide program area choices and other information to get ready for Model Assembly. STUDENTS WILL NOT BE REGISTERED IF THEY DON’T DO THEIR PART.
    1. A student may follow the “For Students” button on the YIG website but will only be able to complete their registration if their parent has done the first step. They will be able to put in info but will not get the “register” button in REGY and will not have a complete program registration.

Cost

YMCA Fee (paid upon registration at mnyig.org): $410, which includes regional training and the Model Assembly Program including hotel accommodations and activities.

Community Ed. Fee (paid upon registration via Community Ed FeePay): $90, which includes local coordination, delegation t-shirts and busing for YIG activities.

Genna must be notified by a parent if a student will be dropping the program. Refunds are not guaranteed. 

Questions?

Contact Genna at gtorney@orono.k12.mn.us or 952-449-8338 ext. 6350

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