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Class Description
Wednesday, 2:15 PM to 3:15 PM
Youth and Government  
Teacher:  Alex Binz
Age:  14 & up
Prerequisites:  Students will need a basic grasp of writing and editing skills.  A basic familiarity with American civics will be helpful, but not necessary.
Cost:  $200 tuition per year, paid in four $50 payments;
$30 copy/supply fee per year,  paid in one $30 payment
Cost Details:  Includes preliminary and final 'Bill Book,' handouts, and resources.
Description: This class offers a practical approach to learning American government and civics. The class will be modeled as a delegation for the YMCA Youth Legislature (with the option of actually participating in that program), and will thus be primarily student-led. At the beginning of the year, students will elect fellow students to chair each meeting, keep the minutes, and maintain order using parliamentary procedure.  Each week there will be a program by the teacher/advisor, which will provide lessons on American politics and government, the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, the Washington State Constitution, how Congress and state legislatures function and where they differ, how laws are made and the reasons for voting for or against them, and how the press and lobbying organizations may influence the legislative process. Over the course of the year, students will learn how to debate using parliamentary procedure or ‘parli pro,’ how to conduct a sustained research project, how to write a bill or memorial, and how to argue persuasively for that bill in class and potentially in Olympia, in the very same chambers of the State Senate and House of Representatives where the bills that govern Washington state are debated and passed.  As a personal note, I (Alex Binz) participated in a Youth and Government class when I was in high school, and it remains one of my fondest memories and one of my favorite classes in all my time growing up.  I am eager and excited by the chance to return to this program as a teacher.
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