Youth and Government
Y&G is a student program meant to give students first-hand practice in complex simulations of government. If you are interested in learning by doing, making a difference, meeting people with similar interests in making the most of their citizenship, see Ms. Kettering.
- Students focus on the Illinois governmental process.
- Students choose to be an attorney, legislator, page, lobbyist or journalist.
- The program begins in September each year.
- In March, students meet at the capitol in Springfield for a weekend of governmental hands-on experience.
Update 3/23! Taft's first ever foray into YMCA Youth and Government took place the weekend of 3/20/16 at the state capital, Springfield. Seven of Taft's best and brightest, and most civic-minded students arrived, bills and bill briefs in hand, to debate, prioritize, and ultimately pass legislation by Sunday afternoon. Friday was spent learning parliamentary procedure, listening to executive office holder's candidacy speeches, and electing them into office for the weekend. Dressed in professional garb, they assumed the roles of legislative assistants and state legislators. It was up to the students to shut down, debate, and evaluate bills in committee, and then present their arguments on the floor against serious scrutiny from other student legislators across the state. Overall Taft held its ground as one of the two CPS schools involved, among almost 1,000 student legislators. One of the two bills, concerning proper fire-arm training for school security guards, was passed in both the House and the Senate. The students are already excited for next year!
Check out the photos to the right--->