Youth in Government

YLA Youth in Government is...

distinctly different.  We’re about citizenship, not politics, political careers, talk, or debate. YG seeks solutions for the common good as we lift others up to become their very best, work to change conditions so all succeed, and to make our make our schools, communities and state better than we found them.

In these three days at the Statehouse or Capitol, experience the process of state government by preparing and then presenting legislation in the actual House or Senate Chambers, make decisions to move Ohio and West Virginia forward, create connections with peers and adults from across our state, and have a great time with a purpose.  Make friends, learn all you can, put your best ideas forward, and make differences for good now and throughout your life. 

Ohio Youth in Government 2020-2021 Officers

  • Kylie DeFoy (Jackson) – Governor
  • Hannah Haley (Jackson) – Lt. Governor
  • Grant Balzer (Jackson) – Secretary of State
  • Isabella Scully -Tenpenny (Jackson) – Secretary of Education
  • Gavin Ray (Wellington) – President of the Senate
  • Senate Clerk – Vacant
  • Senate Chaplain – Vacant
  • Madison Adkins (Jackson) – Speaker of the House
  • House Clerk – Vacant
  • Julius Skestos (Wellington) – House Chaplain
  • Katelyn Eilerman – Committee Chair
  • Sarah Bowman (Jackson) – Chief Justice
  • Kaltra Woltz  (Jackson) – Associate Justice
  • Alexander Jolly (Jackson) Associate Justice
  • Emma Webb – Press Editor

West Virginia Youth in Government 2020-2021 Officers

  • Jada Stutts (James Monroe) – Governor
  • Avery Richardson (Point Pleasant) – Secretary of State
  • Jordan Feamster (James Monroe) – Secretary of Transportation
  • Cameron Thomas (James Monroe) – Senate President
  • Madison Vass (James Monroe) – Senate Clerk
  • Luke Fraley (James Monroe) – Senate Chaplain
  • Lauren Ballard (James Monroe) – Speaker of the House
  • Luke Jackson (James Monroe) – House Clerk
  • Jakobey Meadows (James Monroe) – House Chaplain
  • Zara Zervos (John Marshall) – Committee Chair
  • Kayla Butler (Point Pleasant) – Committee Chair
  • Tyler Fetty (Grafton) – Committee Chair
  • Matison Brown (Point Pleasant) – Committee Chair
  • Stephanie Persinger (James Monroe) – Chief Justice
  • Madisen McMillion (James Monroe) – Associate Justice
  • Gabriella Carter (Hedgesville) – Press Editor

Next Steps...

You can get involved with YLA.  Anyone and everyone is welcome! Students – register for a program. Teachers & Parents – find out how to get your students involved and start a YLA Community Chapter.  Alumni, Friends, & Supporters – A small donation can go a long way towards changing somebody’s life.

Contact Us







P.O. Box 239  Point Pleasant, WV 25550