CCA Hosts YMCA Youth and Government Training in Harrisburg

Training brings together student delegates from across Pennsylvania to learn how to solve real-world problems


Students from across Pennsylvania gathered at Commonwealth Charter Academy’s (CCA’s) Capital Campus in Harrisburg on Saturday, Oct. 6, for Servant Leaders Training as the State YMCA of Pennsylvania kicked off the 2018 Youth and Government Program.

Each fall, the program holds Servant Leaders Training to bring together club officers from around the state to participate in workshops led by their elected student presiding officers. This year’s training included approximately 70 middle and high school students from 17 schools and YMCA locations.

“I was inspired to get involved with the Youth and Government club because I saw an opportunity to actually try to solve real-world problems, rather than simply complaining about them,” said Nicodemus Underkoffler, delegate president for the CCA Youth and Government club. “This experience is helping me learn how to clearly present my ideas to others, as well as giving me a broader view of the challenges that my generation faces that will need to be solved in the future.”

The training educates the students on how to become more effective leaders in their clubs and communities, and it gives each of the student groups the opportunity to share their own learnings and best practices with one another. Four workshops and five program presentations were offered to students, covering topics such as bill writing and debating, fundraising and community service, how to recruit new members and how to run meetings.

"We at the YMCA feel passionate about fostering the development of our region's young people, and that is why we teach civic education through our Youth and Government Program," said Chris Barber, program director. "The Servant Leaders Training for our Youth and Government delegation officers is valuable because it teaches leadership skills, encourages students to get involved in their communities and gives them the opportunity to meet their peers from other schools."

Youth and Government is a statewide civic education and leadership development program that provides Pennsylvania students with hands-on learning in the areas of government relations and politics. In addition to the Servant Leaders Training, interactive learning opportunities include practice in bill writing, as well as a model legislature held at the Pennsylvania Capitol each spring.

The following schools and YMCAs participated in the Servant Leaders Training.

  • Ambler YMCA

  • Boyertown Middle School

  • Boyertown High School/Boyertown YMCA

  • Commonwealth Charter Academy

  • East Shore YMCA, Harrisburg

  • Hershey High School

  • Knoch High School, Saxonburg

  • Lower Dauphin High School, Hummelstown

  • Middletown Area High School

  • Obama Academy, Pittsburgh

  • Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, Plymouth Meeting

  • Rose E. Schneider YMCA, Cranberry Township

  • Somerset High School

  • Springfield Township High School, Erdenheim

  • Youth Leadership Institute of Erie/Erie YMCA

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