Cherryland Middle School 707 E. Third Street Elk Rapids, MI 49629 P: 231-264-8991 F: 231-264-9370

Principal: Josh Haggerty
Secretaries: Cheryll Wynkoop, Stephanie Gildersleeve

Michigan Youth in Government

Program Information

The YMCA Michigan Youth in Government program provides middle school students with an opportunity to become acting state legislators.  During a 3-day and 2-night conference, they will work alongside other students to share ideas, develop their bills and grow as leaders. Youth in Government students are given the use of the Michigan House and Senate Chambers along with the legislative committee rooms.

However, not all students become part of the legislature. MYIG offers two additional programs through which students can explore their passions. The Contemporary Issues Forum, a debate, gives students the opportunity to research and debate some of the most heated issues of our time. this unique program teaches students how to think critically and debate their opinions in a respectful and thoughtful way.

The third choice for our middle school participants is the Political Compromise Program. This is the newest of the middle school programs and is truly inspirational process to observe. Students are given a single issue that faces the state. Be it vaccines, water rights, or stem cell research, the Political Compromise participants must represent one of the three groups that have an interest in the topic, and together, reach a compromise in which no single group feels unhappy with the results.

Contact Information

Trip Organizer/Lead Legislature Advisor

Joe Macaluso
Contemporary Issues Forum Advisors
Jeanne Marshall, Julie Greene, Jennifer Rountree


Program Information Sheet (2019 Trip)

Google Doc2019 MYIG Program Information
External Link2019 MYIG Elk Rapids Delegation Application