Research On Youth Government Organizations

Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2019

Capstone Advisor

Grant Reeher

Honors Reader

William Coplin

Capstone Major

Political Science

Capstone College

Arts and Science

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

American Politics | Political Science


I outline how youth involvement in local government through formally established organizations has the ability to improve the communities which incorporate these organizations. This study draws on documents read, videos watched, meetings attended, and surveys and interviews conducted via email, phone-call, and in person in order to determine what YGOs are, who they affect, and why and where they exist. This study advances the understanding of YGOs through creating a new foundation for future research. Short-term studies of how youth are affected while they serve these organizations and long-term studies taking place over 25 years, looking at the effects of engagement and participation in government for participants, are two possible exemplary studies. Findings from the research exhibit how broad levels of involvement of YGO members can affect the youth members, local government and community. I have concluded that YGOs can accomplish their missions as they exist now, and that more research needs to be completed to maximize their effectiveness and efficiency.

The most frequent comment from youth members of YGOs on the experience of participation was the ability to establish valuable person to person connections within their community. They also enjoyed increased prestige among their peers.

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