Florida YMCA Youth In Government

Supporting Officers

Supporting Officers are appointed to assist in making their particular program areas function. Under the direction of their Presiding Officers, the Supporting Officers are responsible for making certain that the State Assembly flows smoothly.

These officers are appointed by the Presiding Officer who leads that program area.  Applications are available to any delegate who meets the qualifications (a Sophomore in their 2nd program year) and are registered members of their local chapter.

Delegates chosen to be a Supporting Officer will be expected to attend any applicable training, including the January Presiding & Supporting Officer Training, and carry out all duties of the office.

Applying for a Supporting Officer Position

Committee Chair

Committee Chairs facilitate  the legislative process. They will preside over committees.

FIND THE APPLICATION HERE.

Executive Cabinet

Along with the Governor and Lt. Governor, the YIG Executive Cabinet is made up of the Commissioner of Agriculture, the Attorney General, and the Chief Financial Officer. All of these positions are chosen (via popular election) during the previous year’s State Assembly. These three members of the Executive Cabinet also serve as members of the Presiding Officer Corps along with the Chief of Staff. Along with the members listed above, the Cabinet also includes Supporting Officers:

  • The Commissioner of Education,
  • The Secretary of State,
  • The State Surgeon General,
  • The Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection,
  • The Secretary of the Department of Children & Families
  • The Secretary of the Department of Juvenile Justice.

FIND THE APPLICATION HERE.

 

Director of Legislative Affairs

Working in concert with the Legislative, Executive; Lobbyists hold the keys to making or breaking legislation through the powers of knowledge, information, and persuasion. They are the “lifelines” for Senators and Representatives as they try to secure co-sponsors, pass their own legislation, and argue other proposed legislation.

Lobbyists are also responsible for assisting the members of the Williams House and Senate to find Co-Sponsors for their legislation, as well as the passage of legislation between the Williams House & Senate chambers and onto the Governor’s office for his or her signature.

FIND THE APPLICATION HERE.

 

Associate Justice

The YIG Supreme Court bench consists of a chief justice, senior justices, and associate justices. The court hears cases that have been fictitiously appealed through Florida’s court system. Associate Justices are appointed by the Chief Justice with recommendation from the Senior Justices. The bench is responsible for hearing cases which have been fictitiously appealed through Florida’s court system. The YIG Supreme Court is not a trial court, like those in Perry Mason or Law & Order, where the parties dispute the case facts. Instead, the attorneys here argue legal issues raised by undisputed facts. For example, attorneys will not argue whether a criminal defendant in fact broke the law, but whether the law is constitutional or whether the trial court applied it correctly.

FIND THE APPLICATION HERE.

 

Legislative Whip

Serving as the lead advocates in the legislative chambers, Legislative Whips are responsible for working with their Chamber Presiding Officer to progress the Legislative Agenda.  Working in concert with the Legislative members, Executive Cabinet, and DLAs; Whips hold the keys to making or breaking legislation through the powers of knowledge, information, and persuasion. They are the “lifelines” for Senators and Representatives as they try to secure co-sponsors, pass their own legislation, and argue other proposed legislation.

FIND THE APPLICATION HERE.