Democracy Must Be Learned by Each Generation

Ohio Capital Building

Ohio Youth in Government is a three-day learning conference in which students participate directly in a simulation of the democratic process. YIG offers students in Wapakoneta the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of issues, develop critical skills, and articulate their beliefs while engaging constructively with those who hold like and opposing views.


Legislative Branch
Student representatives and senators elect their leadership, research current events, and write bills throughout the year. For these legislators, the mock legislative experience culminates by debating their bills on the Ohio House and Senate floors and seeking signature. Students can also participate as lobbyists and pages.

Executive Branch
Each year, the mock legislature experience hosts the race for next year's Youth Governor. Candidates create platforms and advocate their qualifications during the gubernatorial debate and through "grassroots" campaigning. Once elected, the Youth Governor becomes the leader and face of the program. The Youth Governor hand-selects his or her student cabinet who seek the passage or failure of bills based on the Youth Governor's platform.

Judicial Branch
In Ohio Supreme Court chambers, student justices preside over a mock appeals court. Following review of student attorney-drafted briefs and oral arguments, the justices deliberate and issue their opinion at the end of the mock government experience.

Press Core
Media can be considered the fourth branch of government. Student journalists research and write articles, post to our blog, and conduct taped interviews to keep the rest of the participants up-to-date at each event and throughout the entire program year.


The Wapakoneta Family YMCA Youth in Government Program is offered to both the Middle School (6-8) and High School.


The 2018 YIG conference for the Middle School Group is November 18-20 in Columbus.

Middle School Payment Packet

Ohio Alliance Financial Aid Application

Wapakoneta Family YMCA Financial Assistance Application

The High School YIG Conference is March 2019



United Way Executive Director Randy Fisher will be the advisor for Wapakoneta. To contact Randy please email him at


The High School Youth In Government meets every Tuesday at 7am in room B223 at the Wapakoneta High School.

The Middle School Youth In Government meetings will take place on Thursdays after school in the computer lab.  Meetings last until 4:30pm.  The first meeting will be on September 20. 

You can get more info at the Ohio Alliance Youth in Government website.