The legislature at Youth in Government consists of six different bodies. Four of them, Humphrey House and Stassen Senate, as well as Sibley House and Ramsey Senate, are available for 9th and 10th graders while the other two bodies, Sanford House and Knutson Senate, are available for 11th and 12th graders. Prior to YIG, students have the opportunity to write a bill about a state issue that is important to them. At the conference, they can debate their bill and get it all the way to the Youth—or Youth Lieutenant—Governor, one of the highest honors in Youth in Government.
Get ready to be a Legislator
There are four options for students wishing to learn more about the courts system: Trial Court for 9th & 10th grade participants, Court of Appeals for 9th & 10th grade participants, District Court is available for those in 11th & 12thgrade, and Supreme Court remains an option for folks in grades 11th & 12th grade.
Check here to find your case assignment and your partner. These assignments are updated regularly. If any cells on your row are highlighted yellow, that means there is more information needed regarding your assignment. Check in with your youth officers or your Delegation Director if you have any questions.
Get Ready to be in the Courts
- Supreme Court Case 20-001 – PC v. State of MN
- Supreme Court Case 20-002 – Ant v. State of MN
- Supreme Court Case 20-003 – PATI v. Johnson
- Supreme Court Case 20-004 – State of MN v. Vang
Court of Appeals
District and Trial Court
- District Court Case 20-A – Shem (Art Theft)
- Trial Court Case 20-001 – Shem (Art Theft)
- Trial Court Case 20-002 – Klein (Swatting)
National Issues Forum
Delegates in National Issues Forum (NIF) have an opportunity that is unique in Youth in Government: they get to debate important and critical national issues with their peers in a forum that is extremely conducive to productive debate. Prior to the conference, delegates prepare a proposal on a topic that they find to be relevant to current events. At YIG, they debate their proposals and can potentially get voted all the way into the top-tier plenary session. National Issues Forum is available to delegates in grades 10-12.
Get Ready for NIF
Cabinet members represent the Youth Governor (Senior Cabinet) or the Youth Lieutenant Governor (Junior Cabinet) in committee and they help to progress the executive agenda by speaking in favor or against certain pieces of legislation. They work very closely with the Youth Governor and Youth Lt. Governor and their offices.
Get Ready to be in Cabinet
At Youth in Government, Lobbyists represent over 50 different organizations and corporations and speak on legislation while it's in committee. Once a bill has moved beyond committee, Lobbyists work with legislators in the Houses and Senates to progress their clients' agendas. Lobbyist positions are made by appointment. Delegates can apply to be appointed as a Lobbyist if they will be in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade the following year.
Get Ready to be a Lobbyist
Leadership Corps serves 8th grade delegates as an introduction to Youth in Government and all the program choice possibilities. Delegates spend the weekend creating bills, arguing court cases, writing media articles, and visiting all the program areas in order to get the best first year YIG experience.