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Civic Engagement


We offer a variety of programs for teens to get them engaged in the democratic process.

Our programs encourage the participation of all students and give teens the opportunity to witness true principle-centered servant leadership and learn the value of collaboration and coalition building.


Model United Nations I & II

(September-January, with a weekend conference in Hershey, PA)
Introduces students to the operation and structure of the United Nations while providing them with an opportunity to actively learn about world cultures and debate issues of international importance. Students represent countries, play the roles of ambassadors/diplomats and judges in order to discuss and seek solutions to global issues. However Y-MUN is not a competition, but rather encourages the participation of all students through true servant leadership. In our program principle-centered behaviors are esteemed above winning at all cost and students learn the value of collaboration.

High School Students:  Model United Nations I
Middle School Students:  Model United Nations II


New Jersey State Youth & Government

(December-March, with a weekend conference in Trenton, NJ)
Introduces students to the operation and structure of NJ State government while providing them with an opportunity to actively learn and debate state issues. The program helps high school students gain an understanding of our State legislative process as they participate in bill writing, public speaking, and team building while promoting the YMCA character development values (caring, honesty, respect and responsibility).  Learn More


County Youth & Government

(First 3 Wednesdays in May, Mt. Holly, NJ)
Provides high school students a practical, citizen education experience in which they have an opportunity to explore the various aspects of governmental procedure as related to the heritage, structure, and function of County Government in New Jersey.


Summer International Leadership Program

(Starts third Sunday in July)
The conference is designed to educate participants by immersing them in a domestic and international affairs experience. Throughout the program, participants will have the opportunity to understand how the fields of international relations and political science work in Washington D.C. by giving them hands-on experience in the real world of leadership, politics, and service. Learn More


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