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
2021-2022 Officers

  • Kaltra Woltz (Jackson) – Governor
  • Gavin Ray (Wellington) – Lt. Governor
  • Skylar Hatfield (Jackson) – Secretary of State
  • Kirsten Evans (Jackson) – Secretary of Transportation
  • Rylie Kilgour (Jackson) – Sec. of Health & Education
  • Sarah LeFever (Jackson) – Secretary of Treasury
  • Lauren Clagg (Jackson) – Senate President
  • Riley Crabtree (Jackson) – Senate Clerk
  • Vacant – Senate Chaplain
  • Chris Hughes (Jackson) – Speaker of the House
  • Tessa Risner (Western) – House Clerk
  • Emma Henderson (Western) – House Chaplain
  • Alexander Jolly  (Jackson) – Chief Justice
  • Donnie Cruse (Jackson) – Associate Justice
  • Jillian Evans (Jackson) – Associate Justice

West Virginia Youth in Government
2021-2022 Officers


  •  Lauren Ballard (James Monroe) – Governor
  • Kayla Butler (Point Pleasant) – Secretary of State
  • Cameron Thomas (James Monroe) – Secretary of Health
  • Cameron Ross (Lewis County) – Secretary of Education
  • Colton Gibbs (Point Pleasant) – Secretary of Treasury
  • Madison Vass (James Monroe)  – Senate President
  • Emma Ballard (James Monroe) – Senate Clerk
  • Shane Arthur (James Monroe) – Senate Chaplain
  • Luke Jackson (James Monroe) – Speaker of the House
  • Matison Brown (Point Pleasant) – House Clerk
  • Jakobey Meadows (James Monroe) – Senate Chaplain
  • Gwyneth Capehart (Winfield) – Committee Chair
  • Sierra Taylor (John Marshall) – Committee Chair
  • Trixie Calissie (John Marshall) – Committee Chair
  • Matthew Goff (James Monroe) – Chief Justice
  • Madisen McMillion (James Monroe) – Associate Justice 

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