Letter: Proud of Youth in Government students

Published 7:56 pm Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government is a program for eighth- through 12th-graders. In the fall, students from Minnesota and western Wisconsin start learning with their local delegation how our state government works. Each student researches and writes a bill, either amending a current law or addressing a new issue.

The 65th Model Assembly was Jan. 10-13, with the Minneapolis Hilton accommodating 1,650 students plus advisers (625 rooms). Juniors and seniors took over the Minnesota state Capitol in St. Paul while mock government Houses and Senates were set up at the hotel for freshmen and sophomores. There were opportunities to be in the legislative branches, national issues forum, courts, media (newspaper, TV and radio) and lobbyist programs. Eighth-graders had the opportunity to visit all areas and attend educational sessions.

I’ve been an adviser for many years and am so proud of students from the Albert Lea area. Youth in Government is a great way to learn about our government in a totally different way than sitting in a classroom. Over the years, I have seen individuals learn to speak out in committee/House/Senate, meet new friends and gain self-confidence.

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I encourage parents and students to consider Youth in Government for 2020. It is an excused absence from school, and there is financial aid available. Contact the YMCA in August/early September.

Sally Skrlin

Albert Lea