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Northfield YMCA Youth in Government

Youth In Government

In partnership with the YMCA of the North and the YMCA Center for Youth Voice, Northfield sends a delegation annually to two major Youth Government Conferences: Youth in Government (previously called Model Assembly) and Model United Nations. These conferences encourage students to find their voice. Delegates spend their days debating passionately with their peers, and then spend evening activities making new friends from around Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. having civically engaged students in our communities is so important, and why we believe fully in the YIG motto:

"Democracy must be learned by each generation"


See below for more information on opportunities to join YIG!


Announcements and Upcoming Events:

It's Model UN season again! Each Spring season Northfield students attend the YMCA Model United Nations. Student country groups simulate the UN by representing countries and debate real international issues affecting our world.

We encourage students in grades 7-12 to attend our Open House Event, Monday, February 7th 2022, from 7-8pm in the Northfield YMCA Community Room for more information on how to register for this life changing event.


Final Deadline to Register: March 4th


2022 Conference Dates: Model UN, March 24-26th @ Marriot City Center, Downtown Minneapolis


Upcoming Model UN Meetings

     February 21, Monday, 7-8pm @ Northfield YMCA: Registration Info Meeting, all should attend

     February 28, Monday, 7-8pm @ Northfield YMCA: Student Prep Workshop, students should attend at least one of these: Feb 28 OR Mar 7

     March 7, Monday, 7-8pm @ Northfield YMCA: Student Prep Workshop, students should attend at least one of these: Feb 28 OR Mar 7 -Cancelled

     March 12, Saturday, 11am-2pm @ Model UN Virtual Launch, all students and advisors will attend virtually on Zoom

     March 21, Monday, 7-8:30pm @ Northfield YMCA: Final MUN Meeting, Mandatory for students and parents/guardians


For question on how to get involved in the Northfield Delegation, please email


Northfield at Youth in Government:

This January 2022, 41 Northfield students participated in the annual Youth in Government conference at the Hilton in downtown Minneapolis and the State Capitol in Saint Paul. A 75-year-old tradition in Minnesota, Youth in Government recreates the state government, complete with a bicameral legislature, executive branch, trial, appellate and Supreme Courts, lobbyist program and a multi-platform media branch. Special thanks to all the YMCA volunteers in Northfield, advisors, and student leaders for making this even possible.

Pictured below: Youth in Government Conference Attendees

YIG Attendees


Congratulations to the following Northfield students elected to our delegation's 2022-23 Steering Committee. These students work year-round to recruit students, run delegation meetings and attend special statewide retreats to make sure YIG is always student led.

Committee Chair: Paige Mier

Committee Vice Chair: Charlotte Flory

Secretary: Ella Hegland

Committee Rep: Connor Percy

Committee Rep: Margaret Muth

2021-22 Model UN Rep: Ella Pribyl