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One of the most important elements of Youth and Government is the Advisor. The success of the program is dependent on how well prepared an advisor is for his/her role. It is the advisor who has the daily relationship with the youth that is needed if Youth and Government is to achieve the stated goals, objectives and purposes.

As a YIA Advisor, you will embark on a series of adventures that you may have never imagined, with people you never thought you’d meet, in places you’d never thought you’d go. And when you’re done, you’ll have memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.



Thursday, August 1st  Online Registration Opens
Monday, August 5th Bill Submission Opens
Thursday, October 10th Caucus Session A
Tuesday, October 15th Hotel Room Blocks
Wednesday, October 16th Caucus Session B
Monday, October 21st  Caucus Session C
Wednesday, October 23rd Bill Submission Deadline
Thursday, October 24th  Hotel Room Assignment
Friday, November 1st Fee and Forms into Office
Thursday, November 7th
Leadership Training Event
November 8-9-10, 2019 Youth in Government 2019



  • Be at least 21 years of age 

  • Submit to and pass a background check
  • Read and sign the State YMCA Code of Conduct for volunteers
  • Be available to attend the Augusta weekend



A YMCA Youth and Government Advisor's job includes recruiting, training, and supervising high school youth to form a delegation including:

  • Receive, read and understand all program bulletins and assure all deadlines are met.
  • Ensure that the Youth and Government Program and local YMCA policies are adhered to at all times.

  • Ensure that the Youth and Government Program Code of Conduct is understood and agreed to by all delegates and parents. In accepting this position each advisor also commits to this code.

  • Develop a schedule and meetings to plan special events/fundraiser's.

  • Prepare delegates for their roles in Augusta. 

  • Assist and prepare delegates to run for leadership positions.

  • Host at least one Training Session for their delegation online.
  • Assist participants in drafting bills, and endorsing all bills submitted from your delegation

  • Communicate regularly with club members and parents.

  • Act as liaison with the State YMCA of Maine Youth in Government Program Director and staff, and conveys problems, questions and/or concerns as may be necessary

  • Actively participates in or facilitates training activities on the local level

  • Submit your Hotel Room list by the deadline.
  • Assure that each delegate attends scheduled sessions.
  • Attend all advisor meetings and assist with general conference duties

  • Actively support the Youth and Government Program goals and objectives.

  • At Augusta Session help in the program by acting as (at least one of the following)

    Media Advisor

    Advisor to Youth Governor and Cabinet

    Advise presiding officers in House or Senate

    Committee Session Advisor


  • Stay in Hotel with the delegation, and do a knock on door bed check in each room where your participants are staying.