Youth & Government at Dan McKinney Family YMCA

Teen Leadership Programs for Middle School and High School Students

Model Legislature & Court (MLC) High School Program – Grades 9–12

The Model Legislature & Court (MLC) 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.

For more information, please reach out to Hannah Lewis, [email protected] | 858-453-3483 ext 1832.

Important Dates and Information

  • Parent Information Session: August 29, 2023 | September 5, 2023  | 6:30pm-7:30pm — Contact us in the event you are interested and cannot attend an info session for program.
  • Weekly Meetings: Starting September 12, 2024 | Tuesdays from 6:30pm-7:30pm
  • MLC Conferences Training Conference #1: November 9-12, 2023 | Camp Roberts, San Miguel, CA.
  • Training Conference #2: Virtual TBD—January, 2024
  • MLC Sacramento Conference: February 16-19, 2024 | Sacramento Conference Center, CA.


Model United Nations (MUN) | Middle School Program – Grades 6–8

Middle school students or "ambassadors" come together in delegations and participate in the program with peers from across California. They are given the opportunity to discuss international issues, discover other cultures, develop lifeenhancing skills, and make new friends. The three-month program includes two in-person events*, a 1-day training and the culminating 2-night Model United Nations Summit. There, delegates represent assigned countries as ambassadors and work to solve global issues with the skills they have acquired.

For more information, please reach out to Hannah Lewis, [email protected] | 858-453-3483 ext 1832.

Sessions will resume Spring of 2025.