The Presiding Officers lead and shape the entire program, meeting throughout the year to build their leadership skills and prepare for their responsibilities for guiding the work of over 1,100 program participants. Officers make a serious commitment to YAG and to the groups they serve, but have tons of fun in the process.
Students are selected for leadership positions in YAG in a number of different ways. The Presiding Officers are elected by their peers in various manners. In some cases, this is by all students at the State Conference. In other cases, this is by students specifically within a program area. The elections for the Presiding Officers are held during the State Conference. All Presiding Officers will preside at the State Conference held the year following their elections.
Supporting Officers are appointed by the State Office through an application process. These officers fill many program roles, including judge and committee chair. Students wanting to serve as a Supporting Officer need to apply by the stated deadline.
- Google Drive with MOYAG Resources
- Student Leadership Guide: Provides an overview of all Presiding and Supporting Officer positions, including duties and qualifications.
- Campaign and Elections Guide: Provides an overview of the campaign process at YAG, including the campaign and election rules that all candidates must follow.
Presiding Officer Candidate Filing Form
- Candidate Filing Form | Closes October 25
Any student interested in running for one of the following Presiding Officer positions must complete this form: Attorney General, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, and Speaker of the House. This form is due by 11:59 p.m. on October 2. More information about these offices and campaign guidelines can be found here.
Ballot order will be determined based on filing order. The first candidate to file a completed Candidate Filing Form with the State Office will be listed first on the ballot. Only the student’s name will be listed on the ballot.
- Current Candidates: Candidates for the 2020 State Conferences are listed on this page.
Elections will look different in 2020 due to the State Conferences being virtual. They will be conducted online during the State Conference, with the election date/time being set once the State Conference schedule is set. If no candidate for an office receives greater than 50% of the vote, a run-off election for the top two candidates will be held the next day. The 2021 Presiding Officers will be announced at the Closing Session. The Campaign and Elections Guide has more details on the elections process.