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Youth in Government

Youth in Government

Nancy Faddis-DeCerbo
Program Manager

Regional Education Center at Arden Hill

4 Harriman Drive
Goshen, NY  
845-781-4363 ext 10714

Robert Sassi, Program Coordinator
Valley Central High School
944 Rt. 17K
Montgomery, New York 12549
457 - 2400 ext 7005
Fax: 457 - 4056

The Amy Bull Crist Youth-In-Government Program was inspired by Mrs. Katherine St. George, former chairman of the Orange County Republican Committee and member of the U.S. House of Representatives. While addressing an Orange County Hi-Y Assembly in 1942, Mrs. St. George related that she “found people well acquainted with national politics but woefully lacking in an understanding of how their local town and county governments functioned” and appealed for a greater interest in local government.

In 1944 the Youth-in-Government program was inaugurated through the guidance of Mrs. Amy Bull Crist, Orange County Superintendent of Schools for whom the organization is named. Guided by Mrs. St. George’s vision and Mrs. Crist’s unwavering devotion, the program offers students the chance to learn first hand about the democratic process. Students participate in mock conventions, student run elections, and also shadow elected officials from the local to national levels of government. County Service Day is the culmination of many students’ endless hours of work toward the goal of a better understanding of our governmental process. In no other county in New York State is there a program as long standing and encompassing as Orange County’s Amy Bull Crist Youth-In-Government Organization.

2016 - 2017 Participating School Districts
Highland Falls
Minisink Valley
Pine Bush
Valley Central

2016-2017 Youth-In-Government Activity Assignments
Date Time Activity Advisor Location
9/13/16 3:15 pm Organizational Meeting Robert Sassi Arden Hill ISS Conference Room
10/21/16 8:15 am Platform Convention   Minisink Valley SD
    Citizens Party Patrick DeCosta Minisink Valley Middle School
    Peoples Party Peter Wu Minisink Valley High School
11/19/15 8:00 am    Steering Convention   Cornwall SD
    Citizens Party Alicia Voss Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School  
    Peoples Party Matt Cook Cornwall High School
3/10/17     Deadline for vote results Robert Sassi  
4/7/17   County Service Day Orange County Youth Bureau/Robert Sassi Orange County 911 Emergency Center
5/16/17   State Trip - Albany Robert Sassi NYS Capitol Building