The YMCAs of New Hampshire hosted 30 schools and 300 teens, school advisors, and YMCA volunteers at the 65th annual YMCA Youth & Government session this month. Governor Maggie Hassan welcomed participants to the State House during the opening ceremony. She spoke about her entry into politics and encouraged students to continue to be engaged in civic life no matter where their future path may lead them.
The motto of the YMCA Youth & Government Program is “Democracy must be learned by each generation.” The program gives high school students the opportunity to learn first-hand about state government during the two day model legislative session. Student delegates discussed and debated some 110 bills they prepared as part of the program. Bills focused on issues such as the legalization of marijuana, credit card surcharges, and validity of civil unions.
The Exeter High School Delegation, under the direction of teacher Amy Vandersall, brought one of the largest groups of student participants. EHS students Alex Rose and Doug Marino were recognized for their contributions during closing ceremonies.
Executive Councilor, Raymond Burton, and Henry Veilleux, Sheehan & Phinney Capitol Group serve as Co-Chairs of New Hampshire’s YMCA Youth & Government Program which is sponsored by the NH/VT State Alliance of YMCAs. Corporate sponsors for 2013 are: The Duprey Companies, Nextera Energy, and Waste Management, Inc. The Southern District YMCA supports and offers financial assistance to high school delegates from the Rockingham District.