Marco youths become students of government
Since 1957, Florida YMCA Youth in Government has brought the best and brightest to Tallahassee to experience the lawmaking process first hand.
Florida Youth in Government has grown dramatically over the years and continues to develop programs for students in grades 9 to 12 and since 2005 was extended to the grades 7 and 8. Local chapters work together on debate practices, service learning projects, fundraising efforts, and State Assembly preparation.
The Marco Island delegation started as a joint effort between the Greater Marco Family YMCA and the Marco Island Charter Middle School, under the guidance of Derek Summerville. The local chapters met every week during school to learn how to build effective communication, workplace, and leadership skills.
Three members of the chapter traveled to the Youth in Government State Assembly in Orlando. The group consisted of Allessio Luna, who presented a bill entitled "Upgrading Florida Railways," Hunter O'Neill, whose bill was "Permits for Oil Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico" and Howie Jordan, whose bill was "Legalizing Gambling at Age 25."
Jordan advanced his bill to Second Committee Reading.
Luna said of his experience, "Junior Youth in Government was so much fun. It got me ready for real world situations. The assemblies were challenging, but I had a lot of fun debating my bill. I am excited for next year's program!"
All three boys will again be at the Charter Middle School. Having attended Junior Assembly, they will be eligible to serve as part of the Page Delegation at the High School Assembly this winter of 2012. The boys will be ready to kick start the 2012-2013 school year and all middle school students are invited to join them.
In August the Junior Youth in Government will become a year-round program. A Lely High Chapter will be forming soon under the guidance of student Annie Palys. More information about the high school program will be announced in early September.
For more information about the Florida Youth in Government Program go to: www.floridayig.net or on You Tube at www.youtube/user/FloridaYIG. You can get program information updates at: www.marcoislandymca.org.