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The Fridley Youth In Government (YIG) delegation hosted a statewide training event on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Fridley High School to prepare for the upcoming state legislative simulation, the Model Assembly. Operated by the Minnesota YMCA, YIG is an experiential learning program for middle school and high school students, and teaches students about how state and world government function through an interactive and realistic simulation. The program features two large annual events: Model Assembly, which simulates a state government legislative session and occurs in January; and Model United Nations, a simulation of students representing different countries to solve global problems that takes place in March.
Over 1,000 YIG students from around the state attended the event, called LAUNCH, at Fridley High School. The day-long training session allowed students to prepare for their program areas at the Model Assembly in January. Program areas include: Leadership Corps, Legislatures, Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, Trial Court and District Court, National Issues Forum, Media, Lobbyists, and Executive Branch.
According to advisor and FHS history teacher Steve Holt, YIG is a valuable experiential learning opportunity, teaching students through interactive, hands-on experiences in the roles of all parts of government. “This is not a traditional academic exercise, but a simulation that truly mirrors our democratic processes,” said Holt. “Students who participate in YIG are not only more likely to vote, but they are more likely to actively participate in government.”
Holt added that YIG offers benefits beyond an education in government. “By participating in YIG, our students greatly benefit from learning responsibility, leadership, self-confidence, and public speaking skills.”