The first Y Club was started in 1919 at Fort Valley High School in Fort Valley, Georgia. It was a Hi-Y Club for Boys. Later, in 1929 in Douglas, Georgia at Douglas High School, a Tri-Hi-Y Club was started for girls. It was in 1929 that the State YMCA of Georgia was incorporated. In the 1960s and 1970s Clubs began combining boys and girls to form Coed "Y" Clubs. Since that time, the State YMCA has added leadership programs within schools around the state.
Our mission is to provide programs and opportunities for teens which will promote self-esteem, leadership skills and moral and civic responsibility. "Y" Club is one vehicle through which this mission is accomplished.
The "Y" Club purpose is:
"To create, maintain and extend, throughout the home, school, and community, high standards of Christian character."
The Youth In Government Movement in Georgia
Since February 1929, the State YMCA of Georgia has operating with the sole focus of youth development. In 1946, we hosted our first Youth Assembly program--starting the Youth In Government Movement in Georgia. Nationwide studies, including those of our own CEO, Dr. Randell E. Trammell, show that Youth In Government alumni are not necessarily more likely to become politicians as they reach adulthood, but they are considerably more likely to become active in local political issues as concerned citizens.
Georgia's Youth In Government programs are comprehensive and include opportunities for students to learn about local government, state government, national government, and international relations. Their programs include both in-person and virtual youth civic development options to ensure that all students have access to these important Youth In Government opportunities.
There are more than 100 Hi-Y, Tri-Hi-Y, Co-ed "Y" Clubs in 80+ Georgia counties. The "Y" Club program provides thousands of middle and high school students with a school-based structured environment to develop leadership skills, understand the importance of civic responsibility, and enhance community through monthly school and community service projects. "Y" Club is open to all middle and high school students.