Our Model Court & Legislature (MLC) program is entering its 67th year and serves over 2,800 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders from 90 local delegations throughout the state to discuss the major issues facing California. Delegates have the opportunity to write proposals focused on identifying creative solutions to statewide issues. This program spans a six-month period of time and includes Training & Election conferences in Fresno and culminates with the MLC event in Sacramento each February. In Sacramento, the State government moves over and our delegates take over the historic halls, chambers, and offices of our State Capitol, Supreme Court, and Governor’s Office. Legislation will be debated, court cases decided and next year’s Youth Governor will be elected at the closing joint session. During the six month MLC program, students not only learn about civic engagement but also receive training in areas such as public speaking, decision-making, research and writing skills, and evidence-based persuasion. Being a Youth & Government Advisor is a meaningful way to impact young people and make a difference in the community. Advisors are mentors, coaches, teachers and friends to the youth in their delegations who are growing and learning a great deal through their experience.
Under the leadership and support of the Marin YMCA’s Lead Advisor, the Volunteer Advisor will assist with the recruitment, training, and supervision of their branch Youth & Government delegation. Volunteer Advisors are responsible for assisting their delegation through the California YMCA - MLC program year while adhering to the Y&G Code of Conduct and the Mission of the YMCA of San Francisco. The health and safety of participants is an ongoing responsibility and Advisors should abide by the current accepted YMCA Health & Safety standards. All Advisors are the representatives of their local YMCA and Y&G Program and should be a positive role model to their delegates and other advisors. This position has an obligation to maintain a good standing with the California YMCA staff and volunteers. While at conferences Advisors will attend all required Advisors meetings and assigned duties. They will ensure that each delegate attends their scheduled sessions, delegation meetings, and abides by the Y&G Code of conduct. Advisors will work with delegates to complete their program area responsibilities; creating legislation, research, authoring proposals, and any other tasks to complete.
Must be 21 years of age
Pass a fingerprint security screening
Be able to attend all weekend conferences and weekly meetings
Complete YMCA of San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Training and Youth & Government Advisor Training
Have basic understanding of the state, judicial, and legislative processes.
Have basic group facilitation & presentation skills.
Relate well to and enjoy working with high school aged youth.
Brandon Drake, Youth Development Camp & Family Director