The purpose of
the program is to bring the workings of state government alive to
students. It creates an opportunity for students to discuss current
state issues with state administrators, elected officials, and
students from high schools and YMCA's throughout the state.
conference is led by teens elected to office by their fellow delegates.
Each state provides facilities and volunteers from various state
departments who act as resources for the students while they debate the
issues. The volunteers help guide the students through mock committee
meetings. Students debate and vote on the bills that their
fellow delegates have written and presented. Bills that pass in
committee are then taken to the floor of the House or Senate for
full debate and vote.
Many states also offer a unique opportunity to learn about the United
Nations through a similarly hands-on approach.