On Feb. 28, four students were accompanied by Edwin Unaegbu, a civics teacher at Ben Carson High School on a trip to the Michigan YMCA Youth in Government (MYIG) Conference in Lansing.

The MYIG is meant to help students fully put in practice all that they learn in civics class. 

“The Michigan YMCA Youth in Government program is meant to teach students about parliamentary procedures and democratic procedures,” Unaegbu said.

The program is designed to help students gain as much experience as possible, including a trip to the Lansing Capitol building. Students were able to participate in numerous activities at the building.

“Just being inside the Capitol building was a great experience. I love how we got a chance to sit in the chamber “ BCHS student Anissa Duynslager said.

The program included writing and discussing legislation, mock courts and debating national issues. Students were able to meet new people and try things for the first time. 

To participate in the program students should be interested in government, be a team player and have communication skills. 

“I wish every student will experience this program,” Unaegbu said.