Florida YMCA Youth In Government

Program History

1936:
Clement A. Duran directs the first YMCA “Youth Legislature” as part of the Older Boys Conference held at the New York state capitol in Albany, founding the YMCA Youth and Government program.

1957:
Florida YMCA Youth In Government is established and the first Florida YMCA State Legislature is held December 6-8th, 1957 in Tallahassee, Florida.

1968:
The 1st Conference on National Affairs (CONA) is held at the Stone Mountain Inn in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The Florida Delegation was in attendance with 10 delegates.

1971:
The 4th  Annual Conference on National Affairs (CONA) is moved to the current home of the national conference – the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, North Carolina

1979:
Lewis Oliver (Fort Walton Beach) serves as a Presiding Officer at the Conference on National Affairs.

1980:
A program was added in order to enable the young delegates to have a fuller experience. One hundred ninth grade delegates were chosen for the “Freshman Legislature”.

1981:
The Judicial program began as an effort to model Florida’s legal system; each delegate in this program has an opportunity to argue an actual case before the court as an attorney. Attorneys rotated in and out of presiding positions until 1984.

1982:
The Lobbyist program was founded designed to give delegates first-hand knowledge of the art of persuasion through the presentation of enlightening statistics and creatively credible arguments.

Jay Herbert (Altamonte Springs) serves as a Presiding Officer at the Conference on National Affairs.Florida YMCA Youth In Government's 1st Annual State Assembly in Tallahassee, Florida

1985:
Bryan Pennington of Fort Walton Beach served as the first youth Chief Justice.

Ed Scales (Lakeland) serves as a Presiding Officer at the Conference on National Affairs.

1995:
The first Florida YMCA Youth In Government T-shirt is made.

1999:
The Governor’s Cabinet was created. One member was appointed from each District by their YMCA District Coordinator.

Alex Annunciado (Miami) serves as a Presiding Officer at the Conference on National Affairs.

2000:
Governor’s Cabinet is changed to an applicationShow All »