Looking for Tomorrow’s Leaders See Photos »

The YMCA of Honolulu Youth & Government program is an annual program designed to offer students, grades 6-12, hands-on experience with state government. Each year, some 100 students from across the state converge on the State Capitol, taking the places of our real government officials. Program participants can serve as senators or representatives and even members of the press corps.

The purpose of the program is to bring the workings of state government alive to students. The program begins in September when students and volunteers meet to discuss issues facing Hawai`i. During a four month period, the teen delegates write bills, select governmental positions to role-play, attend statewide training conferences, and run for various elected offices. Bills are drafted in and brought to the State Capital for consideration and debate. Thus, delegates to Youth Legislature attain an actual experience in the legislative process, and obtain a better understanding of the complexities of the legislative process and parliamentary procedure.

Purpose:

To help develop within each person the attitudes, skills and responsibilities of active citizenship.

Goals:

  • Increase understanding of the legislative process.
  • Increase understanding of the State Government and of the County and Federal Government and their inter-relationship.
  • Provide opportunities to become involved in socially significant issues.
  • Increase personal competence in expression, self-confidence and understanding of the group decision-making process.
  • Provide opportunities to interact and develop personal relationships with young people throughout our State.
  • Provide opportunity to gain experience in political actions by actually promoting legislation in the State and County legislative bodies.

Benefits to Teens Participating:

  • Teens have an experience they can include on their resumes.
  • Teens are exposed to possible career options and to adults in those fields.
  • Material learned in the classroom is applied to an experiential setting.
  • Interact with others to gain self-confidence and new perspectives.
  • Adult role models are involved in processing the learning of governmental proceedings and about social interaction.

Register 67th Annual Youth & Government Program

The Youth & Government Program is open to all 6th through 12th grade students in the State of Hawaii. Details about the program, fees, financial assistance, schedule and registration form can be found here. Register by December 1, 2017 to be eligible for financial assistance.

For more information, email YIG@ymcahonolulu.org.

Current Youth & Government Officers

Youth Governor: Tevita Hifo

  • Windward Delegation
  • Punahou School (12th Grade)

Speaker of the House: Chloe Kelly

  • Mililani Delegation
  • Mililani High (11th Grade)

House ​Vice President: Connan Chung

  • Kaimuki Delegation
  • Kalani High (12th Grade)

​House Clerk: Elijah Lau

  • Windward Delegation
  • Castle High (10th Grade)

House Chaplain: Katerina Portela

  • Mililani Delegation
  • Mililani High (9th Grade)

House Sergeant at Arms: Joie Agoo

  • Mililani Delegation
  • Mililani High (10th Grade)

Senate President: Daylan Okouchi

  • Mililani Delegation
  • Mililani High (12th Grade)

Senate Vice President: Krysta Reese

  • Mililani Delegation
  • Mililani High ​(10th Grade)

Senate Clerk: Victoria Stetz

  • Windward Delegation
  • Kailua Intermediate (8th Grade)

Senate Chaplain: Lori Takushi

  • Mililani Delegation
  • 9th Grade : Mililani High (9th Grade)

Senate Sergeant at Arms: Sakura Harris

  • Mililani Delegation
  • Mililani High (9th Grade)