California YMCA Youth & Government 
20th Model United Nations

Program Dates: April 12, 2020 - May 16th, 2020
Model United Nations Summit - May 14-16, 2020

We are excited to announce our 20th Model United Nations program will kick-off on April 12, 2020! During this program, students in 6th-8th grade will come together with peers from across California to discuss international issues, discover other cultures, develop life-enhancing skills, and make new friends. These students (delegates) will choose one of three program areas, each focusing on improving the international community. They can choose to serve as a member of the United Nations Security Council where they will be tasked with maintaining world peace. Or, they may instead be interested in joining the Forum on Non Governmental Organizations where they will create an innovative nonprofit that will address some of the world's most pressing problems. If there is interest in arguing pressing legal issues between countries, delegates may choose to become part of the International Court of Justice.

Outside of their selected program area, delegates will also have the opportunity to apply for appointed leadership, connect with their peers during statewide social and cultural events, and join discussions featuring exciting guest speakers from around the globe.

We want to ensure that our delegates have the best experience possible in our programs. As we move into our second year in a virtual format, we will emphasize the importance of collaboration to keep participant engagement high. This year, delegates will be working and interacting in small groups to allow them to form strong connections, lead engaging conversations and lay the foundation for real virtual friendships.

20th Model United Nations Leadership Opportunities:

The Model United Nations program will have a number of leadership opportunities for delegates!

 - Secretary General
 - Security Council President
 - International Court Justice
 - Non Government Organization Director
 - Security Council Program

1) Security Council Program 

We are excited to expand the Security Council Program this year to allow more delegates the opportunity to participate in this popular program track. Within the Security Council, delegates will take on the role of one of the 15 members of the Security Council and debate ways to maintain world peace.

Delegates can look forward to learning more about:

  • How the United Nations diplomatic organizations work
  • Ways that nations are involved in making changes from the top down
  • How to prepare for and give persuasive speeches
  • Basic skills in how to write different types of legislation

This program is a great fit for delegates who love public speaking and are excited by the prospect of working with their peers to build coalitions.

2) Forum on Non Governmental Organizations Program

Delegates in the Forum on Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) work in small groups to build their own nonprofits. These nonprofits will creatively address some of the world's most pressing problems. When delegates within this program track attend the final conference they’ll compete with each other for funding and a signature from the Model United Nations Secretary General.

Delegates can look forward to learning more about:

  • How public and private partnerships are administered by the United Nations
  • How nonprofits work with governments and international coalitions to improve people's lives
  • How to prepare for and give an impactful presentation

This program is great for any delegate who is a team player, likes competition and is interested in working toward a common goal.


3) International Court of Justice Program

The International Court of Justice settles disputes between countries in accordance with international law. Delegates will take on the role of a country’s legal team or serve as a judge. Within this program track each will gain a basic understanding of the judicial system as well as critical research and writing oral argument skills.

Delegates can look forward to learning more about:

  • How to read and understand legal documents
  • Developing and using oral advocacy skills
  • What legal reasoning, judicial temperament, and opinion writing means in a judicial setting

This program area is not only great for delegates who have an interest in law but also any delegate hoping to expand their critical thinking and oral argument skills.


Model United Nations Program Pricing:

Model United Nations (Five-Week Session) Fee: $200.00
($250 Value)

California YMCA Youth & Government is proud to be able to offer individual scholarships through this scholarship application. For additional scholarship information, please contact Scholarship information provided to California YMCA Youth & Government will remain confidential.


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