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Since 1936, students across the nation have participated in local Youth in Government (YIG) conferences. In Wisconsin, the conference consists of an immersive three days that include focused discussions on current issues, a wide variety of social events, engaging evening activities, time for small-group reflection, and hands-on leadership development.

The program starts in late fall when students in grades 7-12 join or form a YIG delegation, most likely at their school or through their local YMCA. Students can choose to serve as legislators, judges, attorneys, media representatives or cabinet members. Delegates that are in 7th grade will be a part of the Leadership Corps program, which will allow them to understand all the program areas for Youth in Government and choose how they would like to continue their YIG journey as 8th graders. Leading up to the conference, students work together with their local delegations to prepare materials for their program areas, listen to speakers, and practice their presentation skills. 

2023 Wisconsin Youth In Government Brochure


  • Focus on state and local issues
  • Meet students with similar interests from across the state
  • Choose from many program area options
  • Practice leadership skills in this entirely student-led state government 


Wisconsin students in grades 7-12

2023 Conference Dates

Friday, March 8 - Sunday, March 10, 2024
Wisconsin State Capitol & The Best Western Premier Park Hotel.


State Fee: $300.00
Delegation Fee: *Varies by local delegation for transportation, local meeting supplies, t-shirts, etc.

Getting Started

  • Step 1: Connect with us
    Shoot us an email at We can find the nearest delegation or work on getting one started at your school!

  • Step 2: Register with your local delegation and select the program area you wish to participate in

  • Step 3: Receive the program assignment from your Delegation Director

  • Step 4: Research & prep for your program area

  • Step 5: Read & Sign the Wisconsin Youth In Government code of conduct

  • Step 6: Attend the Model Government conference