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Youth in Government


Holy Family students with interests in political science, government, or journalism take part in the YMCA's Youth in Government (YIG) during the regular school year. This opportunity is open to all students in grades 9-12.

For more than 75 years, students across Minnesota have participated in Youth in Government (YIG), an immersive four days that includes focused discussions on current issues, a wide variety of social events, engaging evening activities, time for small-group reflection, and hands-on leadership development.

Students can choose to serve as legislators, judges, attorneys, lobbyists, media representatives, or cabinet members.  As a group, students work together to prepare materials for their program areas, listen to speakers, and practice their presentation skills. In October, delegates from all over the state come together for online training called LAUNCH to get ready for the four-day conference in early January.


  • Focus on state and local issues
  • Meet students with similar interests from across the state
  • Choose from many program area options
  • Practice leadership skills in this entirely student-led state government 


Dr. Holly Pottebaum

Head Coach