Florida YMCA Youth In Government

Starting a YIG Program

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6. Look for students from a wide range of areas – not just the Social Studies classes. All abilities, socio-economic backgrounds, interests, and academic levels will benefit from participation.

Don’t forget TEEN members of your local YMCA!!

7. Once the recruiting process is under way, if possible identify a "core group". This group should be between 5-8 students who are interested in the creation of a Chapter. It is wise to have a few members of this group be underclassmen – ensuring that not all of your leadership will graduate within your Chapter’s first year. The advisor or school administration may personally identify these students or you can recruit them from the student body. These students will be responsible for setting up the initial organization for your YIG chapter.


Something else to ponder… These suggestions are assuming that you will be establishing your YIG Chapter at a local school, however often times a local Y branch will become the home of the YIG Chapter in the area. This allows recruitment from multiple schools and also allows the Y to concentrate its resources – time and talents – on one unified group.

Within this Y-based Chapter, if membership from one particular school grows large enough (15+) you may consider recognizing that group as a separate chapter permitting them to meet on their school campus but still attend the Y-based meetings as the source of the YIG programming. Local governance will have to expand to allow for student leadership at the delegation and local chapter level. This is a great long-term plan for growing your YIG program.

We're here to help! Contact the State Office or your local Delegation Leader to help you start a new YIG Chapter.