By Peter Brothers

As we approach the end of our time on the mountain, the graduates here are forced to face the end of our Y careers. This is the source of distress for us, but it doesn’t have to be that way; Campus YMCA Congress is gaining traction all over the country, and they’re easy to get into.

In order to become a part of the Campus YMCA Congress, commonly known as college Youth in Government, individuals must contact Derek Summerville of Florida, who is the adviser for the program. Once involved (in either media, judicial, Congress, or Cabinet), delegates attend a four-day event held in Washington, D.C., which is more autonomous than high school conferences. There is a Capitol Hill meeting space, and all actions are organized much more through the decisions of the students.

Don’t worry if your college of choice doesn’t have a campus chapter; the program is only five years old, so representing your school by yourself is common and there aren’t many schools with a large program, anyway. Having this kind of opportunity in college is a lifesaver for those of us who have invested so much of ourselves in the Y, and serves as a continuation of the program into our adult years. These Y chapters are an adaptation of the familiar message of empowerment and hopefulness that fits the needs of college students, including year-round interaction with students through service and professional development.