By Miranda McLaughlin, Amy Dennis, and Kristie Chua

Staff Writers

As Youth in Government celebrates their 75th anniversary, the YMCA hopes to extend the program to the college level. This expansion will give undergraduates the chance to continue their participation in Youth in Government after graduating high school, ensuring that democracy is learned by each generation.  College Youth in Government is different from YIG because it’s modeled after the federal government. Its aim is to help prepare the students involved in Youth in Government for civic engagement and public service careers. The program provides a smooth transition from being in Youth in Government to participating in the federal government.  Sean Costello and Sean Casey, the president and vice president of College YIG, describe it as a chance to continue learning and to give back to the program. Costello and Casey were both alternate presiding officers at CONA in 2010.

In March, the 12 chapters of College YIG developed a Constitution after which the National Assembly will be modeled. The first YMCA College YIG National Assembly will be held at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, North Carolina from Jan. 16-20, 2013. The conference will be similar to a state YIG conference, but will be concerned with national as opposed to state issues. Costello and Casey estimate that 200 delegates will attend the first College YIG National Assembly. College YIG is committed to having a less divided country. That  is what set the organization apart. When asked what College YIG means to them, Costello and Casey describe it as a chance to mentor the next generation and promote the program.