Student lawmaker Nikka Mofid, of Newport Beach debates a bill as part of the California YMCA Youth & Governments Model Legislature & Court program at the Senate chambers in the State Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday, February 14, 2014.
The five day conference is the biggest one yet in the California YMCA’s 66-year history, and is the largest youth conference to be held in California this year. Delegates from across the state show their love for California by taking an active approach in learning how they can make a difference. This event culminates a six-month program in which 9th- through 12th-graders statewide role-play various positions of the California State Legislature and State Court systems. By joining local YMCA delegations, participating students write bills and prepare briefs about issues that most affect them. MANNY CRISOSTOMO — firstname.lastname@example.org