Youth in Government is back for a virtual season! The Youth in Government conference is an experience like no other as Minnesota’s largest hands-on civic education event goes virtual! Not your average school day, this year’s online conference will be filled with engaging youth-led sessions where students in grades 8-12 can experience government functions firsthand.

The State Assembly event will be held January 7-10, 2021. Students participate in an incredibly realistic and complex simulation of Minnesota state government. Approximately 1,600 students in grades 8-12 take part in the Youth in Government conference every January. They get the opportunity to serve as legislators, judges, attorneys, lobbyists, and cabinet members, media representatives, or introductory Leadership Corps. members.

We fundraise to make sure this is a free event for students that want to participate. To enroll, contact the Y by phone or send an email to