District conference - Dallas, December. (High School & Middle School)
Delegates compete against local delegates from other delegations within their district. In order to foster a rewarding and challenging program, the District Conference allows delegates to perform mock governmental duties such as presenting bills, debating, participating in mock trials, and more. District Conferences are one-day, regional competitions that students look forward to as a great warm-up for the much larger State Conference in January.
State Conference – Austin, January (High School) & February (Middle School)
Delegates compete against delegates from other delegations and districts from all across the state of Texas. Each year, months of hard work and countless man hours culminate with the Texas Youth and Government State Conferences. These Conferences host select delegates from all districts in multiple program sections and invite them to showcase their political skills and learn from their peers.
(Middle schoolers and High schoolers go to separate conferences)
Model U.N Conference – Dallas, April (High School). Regional Summit held in October.
Texas Model United Nations is a youth development program in which 8-12 grade students simulate the United Nations as member states who meet to solve pressing global problems with the art of compromise and diplomacy. Join us and change your world.
The Texas Model UN Assembly is a three day, two-night conference that creates a working replica of the United Nations, conducted almost entirely by students. Delegates can participate in a model General Assembly, Economic and Social Council, Security Council, Media Corps and more.
(Since Model UN occurs after the State Conference, a delegate can participate in any of the other sections before entering Model UN.)
The National Judicial Competition (NJC), Conference on National Affairs (CONA), and National Advocacy Days (NAD) bring together Youth and Government participants from around the country. At NJC, Judicial participants face off in mock trial and appellate competitions. CONA involves researching an issue of national and/or international concern, organizing the information gained into a creative proposal describing a solution to the issue, and engaging in intensive discussion and debate about proposals with understanding young people from other states. Through NAD, Texas Youth and Government students visit Washington, D.C. and work with Y staff to advocate on behalf of the Y’s agenda: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
(Each national conference has different registrations through either qualifiers or applications through the Y depending upon skill level shown at the district and state conferences.)