Kentucky Youth Assembly

KYA Overview

The Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA) is a 3-day experiential learning conference in which students serve as part of a model state government. KYA offers students the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of issues, develop critical thinking skills, and articulate their beliefs while engaging constructively with their peers from around the Commonwealth.

KYA 2015   Dates   Financial Aid Due   Registration Due
Middle School 1 Nov. 8-10 Friday, Oct. 2 Friday, Oct. 16
Middle School 2 Nov. 12-14 Friday, Oct. 2 Friday, Oct. 16
High School 1 Nov. 19-21 Friday, Oct. 9 Friday, Oct. 23
High School 2 Nov. 22-24 Friday, Oct. 16 Friday, Oct. 30
High School 3 Dec. 3-5 Friday, Oct. 23 Friday, Nov. 6
Middle School 3 Dec. 6-8 Friday, Oct. 23 Friday, Nov. 6
Middle School 4 Dec. 13-15 Friday, Oct. 30 Friday, Nov. 13

All sessions will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, KY.


Program Areas

Students can serve in numerous roles at KYA. Some roles are available to all students, while other roles are open only to experienced delegates:

Premiere | First year 9-10th graders (HS), 6-7th graders (MS)

First year delegates research, write, and debate bills on state issues as Senators and Representatives. Schools with 1-15 Premiere delegates can sponsor 1 Premiere Bill, and additional bills for every additional 15 Legislative delegates (limit of 5 Premiere bills total.)

Legislative | Experienced 10-12th graders (HS), 7-8th graders (MS)

Experienced delegates research, write, and debate bills on state issues as Senators and Representatives. Schools with 1-15 Legislative delegates can sponsor 1 Legislative Bill, and additional bills for every additional 15 Premiere delegates (limit of 5 Legislative Bills total.)

Congressional | 12th graders

Seniors research, write, and debate bills on national policy issues as members of the US Congress. Each Congressional delegate sponsors their own Congressional Bill.

Judicial10-12th graders, 1 team of 1-3 students per school

Experienced delegates serve as attorneys presenting oral arguments before the KYA Supreme Court made up of student Justices, and also advise the Attorney General on the constitutionality of bills passed by the Legislative program

Lobbyists | 10-12th graders, 1 for every 15 students per school

Experienced delegates use advocacy and networking skills to influence debate in the Legislative program and persuade Cabinet Members to accept their positions.

Media Corps | 10-12th graders (2 per HS), 7th-8th graders (1 per MS)

Experienced delegates craft compelling news stories on important Assembly topics. Media Corps members publish their stories on our app, web blog, and video platforms.



Presiding Officers are elected or appointed by students to serve as Assembly leadership, and work with Supporting Officers to ensure that their respective Program Areas are running smoothly. All Officers are supported by YMCA professionals, advisors, alumni, and parent volunteers.

Students interested in running for an elected Presiding Officer position should review the Campaigns and Elections guidelines in preparation for their campaigns.