Over 100 local high school students are involved in the Triunfo YMCA’s Youth & Government program. They come from Oak Park, Westlake, Oaks Christian and Agoura high schools. “The barbeque is an opportunity for teens to enjoy free food and activities and learn all about what Youth & Government has to offer,” says John Napotnik, Triunfo Y program director. “All high school students are welcome. They can meet current delegates and advisors and ask questions about the program.”
Youth & Government began by the YMCA in California in 1948. It is a statewide youth education program involving more than almost 80 YMCAs and more than 2,300 high school freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students form delegations through their local Y and meet weekly. Delegations attend two hands-on conferences at Camp Roberts near Paso Robles and a summit at the state capitol in February.
“The knowledge, skills and real-world experiences obtained through the program gives delegates an idea of what it’s like to be trial lawyers, journalists and elected officials,” says Napotnik. “They learn and gain self-confidence while making friends from around the state.”
Parents are welcome to attend the barbeque.
Triunfo Y delegates will meet on Thursdays at Yerba Buena Elementary School (6098 Reyes Adobe Rd., Agoura Hills) at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Napotnik at 818-707-9622, ext. 2318, JNapotnik@triunfoymca.org. Programs are also forming at the Conejo Valley YMCA (serving Thousand Oaks, Moorpark and Santa Rosa Valley), 805-523-7613, Miller Family YMCA of Newbury Park, 805-480-1030 and the Simi Valley Family YMCA, 805-583-5338. The California Youth & Government website is http://calymca.org/