Middle School Model UN
The YMCA Model United Nations program for middle school students (Y-MUN MS) is a unique Model UN experience that culminates with an annual conference for delegates in grades 6-8.
Our program introduces delegates to the purpose and operations of the United Nations while providing them with an opportunity to actively learn about world cultures and debate issues of international importance. Delegates will actively participate in public speaking, conflict resolution, and coalition building, as well as expose themselves to a vast array of new ideas and new friends!
Rather than mimic other programs that focus strictly on competition, students are encouraged to take ownership in what they collectively produce and to celebrate character development, both of which aim at achieving our ultimate goal: the growth of each participant as a speaker, person, informed world citizen, leader, and collaborator.
When is Y-MUN MS?
The 2024 Y-MUN MS conference will take place January 5-7, 2024.
Where is Y-MUN MS held?
The 2024 Y-MUN MS conference will be held in-person at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA.
How can I attend Y-MUN MS?
To attend Y-MUN MS, students must be part of a participating delegation. To inquire about starting your own delegation, fill out the form gpy.tfaforms.net/f/ymca-civic-engagement and/or email Lindsay Doyle (Lindsay.Doyle@philaymca.org) and the volunteer lead staff (email@example.com).
How much does it cost to attend Y-MUN MS?
The total cost to attend the conference is $430 for each student and $460 for each advisor. This covers the stay for Friday night and Saturday night*, plus all meals and conference materials. Please contact your delegation advisor for more information on available scholarships and financial aid.
*Standard Double Room for all participants.
What should I wear to the conference?
Y-MUN MS conference dress code is business casual (business preferred).
Who runs the Y-MUN MS conference?
Y-MUN MS is a volunteer-driven program of YMCA Civic Engagement, an initiative of the Greater Philadelphia YMCA. Conference staff members are volunteer alumni of YMCA Civic Engagement programs.
Delegates will take part in simulations of
the UN General Assembly and International Criminal Court.
In GA, delegates discuss, draft, debate, and adopt resolutions that address a variety of international issues.
Each delegate serves as a nation’s ambassador and represents their assigned country throughout the session.
In ICC, delegates collaborate in teams to prosecute or defend those accused of genocide, crimes against humanity, or war crimes, as defined by the Rome Statute.
When a team’s case is not being heard, delegates act as judges for the other cases being debated by the ICC.