Washington Specific Reference Material
Your Government – Washington State
How our government works should be transparent and accessible. Read reports and data on our state’s budget and debt management, and learn more about our legislature, courts, corrections department, local and tribal government, and military. Get informed and involved through voting and elections or volunteering with a state agency.
Other Reference Material
Know Your Government
Know Your Government (KYG) is a civic education program with a four-year rotating topic: The Legislative System, The Judicial System, Elections and Party Platforms, and Politics and the Media. It is important to remember though, that KYG is much more than learning about how the Legislative process works. In fact, one could argue that it is little about that.
Purpose: To bring high school students from across the state to share ideas, concerns, and potential solutions to problems; to learn about Washington State government and how to become a positive contributing citizen; and to strengthen the connection between youth and our political and social networks through education, experience, application, and inspiration.