March 6, 2020
Youth in Government Participated in the 2020 Campus YMCA Conference

The Emmanuel College Youth in Government (YIG) chapter participated in the 2020 Campus YMCA Conference (CYC), held in Washington, D.C., from February 20th-23rd, and took home multiple honors, including the 2020 Chapter of the Year award and chapter distinction.

Four Emmanuel students received individual recognition for their respective work at the conference. Meloee Nazaire ’20 received the Outstanding Statesman award, while Pricillia Isimbi ’21 was named the Outstanding Statesman Runner-Up. Both Isabella Drago ’23 and Michael Giordano ’21 received Outstanding Legislation awards in the House and Senate, respectively.

The YMCA College Youth in Government is a student-run, national model government program that engages college students by developing their public speaking skills and empowers students to use their voice to be a part of the discussion about public policy creation. Their mission is “to train public servants as servant leaders, emphasize policy over politics, and make public service relevant to all college students”.

“I learned that I have to be confident in the fact that I did the necessary work and am smart enough to combat people trying to take down my legislation,” said Drago. “I am most pleased with the fact that the conference made me more confident in my skills.” 

At CYC, participants are challenged to develop innovative policy solutions to pressing contemporary issues based on a certain track. Participants, after preparing their policy, are responsible for bringing forth and defending their work while trying to compromise with those who do not agree with their stance on the issue at hand.

“Every year, this conference teaches me something new I didn’t know before about our government,” said Giordano. “Debating policy with peers and crafting legislation not only allows me to practice my own political skills, but gives me insight into the importance of young peoples’ involvement in the political process and the future of our world.”

Students do not need to study political science in order to participate in the College’s YIG chapter. Any students who are interested in participating should contact Adam Silver for more information.

Emmanuel College Youth in Government (YIG) chapter

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