Florida YMCA Youth In Government

For Teachers, Advisors, & Y-Staff

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS A CHAPTER?
Simply put, a Chapter is a school, community or YMCA group, organized on the local level for participation in Youth In Government.

All chapters MUST be affiliated with the YMCA in their service area.

Among other things, Chapters strive to adequately prepare students prior to Jr. Assembly for middle schoolers and Fall Delegate Convention and State Assembly for high schoolers, while developing service projects, leadership opportunities, and fundraising resources.

HOW IS A CHAPTER ORGANIZED?
Students elect officers to direct the Chapter meetings. Along with the members, there must be anAdvisor (YMCA staff person, teacher or parent who is 21+ yrs) who is available to give adult supervision and leadership to the Chapter’s activities.

Depending on the YMCA, chapters and delegations may jointly share organization and programming responsibility.

WHEN/WHERE DOES A CHAPTER MEET?
This depends on the consensus of the group, but most likely right after school in the school library, cafeteria, or classroom. Due to the demand on students’ time immediately after school, many Chapters prefer to meet in the evening at the YMCA or other public meeting places (churches, community buildings, etc.).

HOW OFTEN DOES A CHAPTER MEET?
In the beginning, the Chapter (or certain committees) may need to meet once a week until the structure has been set up and/or everyone decides exactly what role they are going to play in the program. Then the group can choose to set their future meetings as appropriate.

As State Assembly and other major deadlines approach, it may be appropriate to meet more often or to have meetings for specific program areas. It is highly recommended that Chapters meet once a week, but not fewer than twice a month.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY COME FROM TO SUPPORT THE CHAPTER?
Local dues and fundraising efforts are the primary source of funding for Chapters. Local fees from the YMCA may vary.

It is extremely important to remember: Delegates who do not have the personal resources to participate in the program should NOT be turned away. Fundraisers and local/state contributions should help ease the financial burden. Service Chapters, attorneys, and businesses with educational interests are quite supportive of our program.

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