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Have a brawl to support youth citizenship


Super Smash Bros

Video game afficionados age 10 and up, along with spectators, are invited to compete for prizes at the Super Smash Bros. Brawl tournament, set for Friday, March 16, at the Marysville YMCA Youth Development Center.

Up to 32 competitors ages 10 to 15 will go head-to-head on the popular Wii game from 6 to 8 p.m., with those 15 and up taking over the controllers from 8 to 10 p.m. Cost to enter is $5, with prizes for first, second and third in each age group. Spectators' admission is $3, and food and drink will be available for purchase.

The event is a fundraiser for the YMCA's Youth and Government program, whose members are planning a trip to the Youth Legislature in Olympia in early May. Proceeds from the tournament will help pay for transportation, food expenses and other costs.

"The Youth Legislature provides students the opportunity to experience the democratic process firsthand," explained YMCA teen lead David Dinero.

Throughout the year, participants learn how to research public policy issues, write real legislation, practice public speaking and debating skills, and work together to achieve goals.

Students attending the four-day Youth Legislature session assume the roles of senator, representative, lobbyist or media. The session is presided over by statewide elected officials, including governor, secretary of state, lieutenant governor and speaker of the house.

"Student delegates learn and practice tolerance, understanding and peer mentorship while putting real-world skills to use for a lifetime of civic involvement," Dinero explained.

Any student in eighth grade or high school can join the Youth and Government program at the Marysville YMCA. Each weekly session consists of learning and practicing public speaking, debating, and bill writing. Each teen writes a bill to submit to the Youth Legislature. During the session, May 2 through 5, the student delegates from each Washington district debate which bills to pass.

There are four YAG districts in Washington state, and a total of nearly 30 YMCA branches and high school districts participating in the program.

Registration for the Super Smash Bros. tournament is required. Check at the YDC front desk, or contact David Dinero at (360) 651-1606 or for information.


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