Kids can learn how government works | Bellingham Herald
... The Y is accepting applications for next year's Youth & Government session, which culminates in May with four days in Olympia, including a mock legislative session and a meeting with Gov. Chris Gregoire. Participants mostly stay with host families, said Robert Knowles, teen adventure director at the Whatcom Family YMCA.
Knowles said participants will meet regularly throughout the school year, possibly as often as once a week, to practice debating techniques, study how to effect change, and learn how to stand up for their own beliefs. They'll also participate in team-building exercises and share their opinions about current events, he said.
"It's really fun watching the kids help each other and becoming more empowered," Knowles said.
Advisers for the program are Jane Vroman, legislative relations specialist with Western Washington University, and the Y's Erin Flinn, he said. It is open to students from eighth grade through high school seniors. ...