The YMCA Youth-in-Government Model United Nations program is a youth-led, experiential learning opportunity that involves students from all over the state. While focusing on role-playing an “adopted” country, students in grades 7-12 exercise the arts of compromise and diplomacy to attempt to solve pressing global problems. As students simulate international organizations, they begin to find new answers to tough questions, to learn and respect opposing points of view, and to utilize the tools of peaceful change.
While focusing on role-playing an “adopted” country, students in grades 7-12 exercise the arts of compromise and diplomacy to attempt to solve pressing global problems. As students simulate international organizations, they begin to find new answers to tough questions, to learn and respect opposing points of view, and to utilize the tools of peaceful change.
This program creates a working replica of the United Nations, conducted almost entirely by students. Students can participate in a model General Assembly, International Court of Justice, Economic and Social Council, Security Council, Human Rights Council or Conference Newspaper.
2018 Informational Meeting at the YMCA: Sunday, February 4th, 2018 at 4pm
The conference will be held April 5-7, 2018 at the Marriott City Center Hotel in Minneapolis.
Registration: Available NOW online at the Youth in Government (YIG) State Office website. Click here to register. NOTE: Students register online through the state system for the conference and also submit a scanned country/program selection form (UND1/UND2) to their delegation director (contact information below; only one form required per country). Registration support will be provided at the informational meeting and at subsequent Northfield delegation meetings.
Member States Lists:
Anderson General Assembly (Grades 7-8):
Mondale General Assembly (Grades 9-12):
Program/Country Selection Forms:
UND2 (Grades 7-8)
UND1 (Grades 9-12)
Cost Deadlines & Prices:
- Early Bird deadline is February 9. Cost is $345 paid to the State YIG Office, plus a small transportation fee (TBD) to the Northfield Y.
- After February 9, regular deadline is March 1. Cost is $560 paid to the State YIG Office plus the Northfield Y transportation fee.
- No registrations after March 1.
- State YIG Office Scholarship requests (or Personal Pricing Plans) for financial assistance must be submitted to the YIG State Office by February 15 (link is https://www.ymcamn.org/sites/default/files/yig_P3.pdf). Once the State YIG Office determines your scholarship award, our Northfield YMCA can also evaluate for further support (note you must first apply for State YIG Office financial assistance). Fundraising resources are also provided by request from the delegation director.
Country Assignments will begin on February 1. Completed country groups submitted before this deadline will have their assigned via a lottery based on their top choice of country. Countries will then be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.
State YIG Office Program Deposit is due at Registration and is not refundable
The final scholarship deadline is February 15. No financial assistance requests will be accepted after this.
The first debited fund transfer for 1/2 of the remaining balance will be on February 20th.
Registration is due and finalized on March 1. No student or adult registrations will be accepted after this point.
International Court of Justice memorials are due to the YIG State Office on March 16.
The final electronic fund transfer will be on March 20th, when cards on file will be debited for the remaining balance.
All student materials (status reports and position papers) will be due at the conference on April 5th.
Northfield Y transportation invoice will be mailed.
- Elizabeth Buckheit is our local Delegation Director this year. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 507-581-6762.
- The Northfield Facebook page:
- The Youth in Government State Office is located at 1801 University Ave SE, Minneapolis MN, 55414 (P: 612-823-1381; F: 612-676-7701; E:email@example.com)
Delegates select their program area based on the organ assignments their country holds and which international issues interest them most.
Interested in politics and national security? Try the Political and Security Committee! This committee focuses on disarmament and ensuring international security more broadly. This year, the committee will discuss surveillance and the right to privacy and internally displaced peoples. Previous topics have included proliferation of chemical weapons and foreign involvement in elections.
Interested in business? Try the Economic and Financial Committee! This committee focuses on global financial and economic questions. This year, the committee will discuss genetically modified organisms in international trade and protectionist trade in a global society. Previous topics have included currency manipulation and combatting sex tourism.
Interested in human rights? Try the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee! This committee deals with human rights and humanitarian affairs, with a particular focus on the rights of women, children, refugees, and indigenous peoples. This year the committee will discuss access to safe water and sanitation and post-emergency responses in agricultural development. Previous topics have included oceanic biosphere depletion and gender segregation.
Interested in law and crime? Try the Legal Committee! This committee addresses questions of international law and the relation of countries’ domestic laws to one another. This year the committee will discuss the illicit trafficking of cultural property and the legal documentation of LGBTQ+ persons. Previous topics have included the regulation and taxation of multinational corporations and the colonization of space.
Interested in international political challenges? Try the Special Political Committee! Formed to address decolonization and has also taken on a handful of topics that are not under the remit of the Political and Security Committee, making it one of the most varied and lively of the General Assembly committees. This year, the committee will discuss sustainable tourism and work to create an international framework for national secession. Past topics have included regulation of the internet, the weaponization of space, and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Interested in how countries and international organizations (like the UN) are run? Try the Administrative Committee! This committee handles the governance and financing of the UN itself and works to make sure individual member states work to support UN goals and policies. This year, the committee will discuss the privatization of health care and the safety of nuclear energy facilities. Previous topics have included the training and financing of UN peacekeeping forces and the distribution and of international aid.
Interested in issues related to peace and war? Try the Security Council (Grades 9-12 ONLY)! The Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. This year the Security Council will be discussing natural resources as political weapons and Security Council Reform. Previous year hav addressed topics such as nuclear weapons, state-sponsored terrorism, and the management of UN peacekeeping forces.
Interested in history? Try the Historic Security Council (Grades 9-12 ONLY)!. The Historic Security Council has the same mandate as the Security Council, but debates issues from a particular period in the UN’s history. This year, the HSC will be set in 1951 and will address the Korean War and decolonization in Africa. Previous years have addressed topics such as the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait preceding the Gulf War and the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s.
Interested in economic issues and sustainability? Try the fittingly named Economic and Social Council! ECOSOC focuses on finding ways for countries to work together to solutions that work for both the economies of countries and the citizens themselves. This year, ECOSOC will discuss sustainable urbanization and the relation between global development and climate change. Previous topics have included high-yield energy alternatives and the free movement of goods and services.
Interested in issues of equality and civil rights? Try the Human Rights Council (Grades 9-12 ONLY). The HRC is the UN body responsible for protecting human rights around the world. This year, the HRC will address vaccination in relation to global health and the human rights of persons with disabilities. Previous topics have included children in armed conflict and birthright citizenship.
Interested in law and justice? Try the International Court of Justice (Grades 9-12 ONLY)! The ICJ functions as a world court, providing resolution on matters of international law in cases between two countries or other cases which cannot be decided by a national or regional court. Unlike other program areas, the ICJ does not have set discussion topics as the court debates the cases (called ‘memorials’) which countries bring before them.