Middle school leadership program
What is Model United Nations (MUN)?
The Model United Nations is a program where middle school students (delegates) participate in the program with their peers. They are given the opportunity to discuss international issues, discover other cultures, develop life-enhancing skills, and make new friends. The four-month program culminates when delegates from around the state and give kids lots of opportunities to connect and make new friends.
When does the program begin? When do they meet?
The Model United Nations program begins in mid-January. The MUN Training Conference takes place in late March at Camp Roberts, a National Guard Base just north of Paso Robles, California. This prepares them for the Model United Nations Summit which is a four-day conference held in early May in Los Angeles, California and serves as the culmination of the program. They will meet weekly from January till the 4 day conference in early May.
Who can participate?
Model United Nations is open to all middle school students.
What happens during the conferences?
The Training Conference curriculum includes a thorough orientation of the overall program and its program areas, as well as workshops that focus on cultural acceptance, public speaking, and leadership skills. Delegates also receive an introduction to the staff, role training, and a chance to meet program participants from other across the state.
Once at the Summit, ambassadors take on the roles of their country’s UN representatives, committee chairs, and presiding officers. They get to put their research and newfound knowledge to work as they perform their roles and explore how the United Nations is run. In this unique experience, they deal with international issues that affect our world. The program is designed to appeal to the interest of anyone wishing to learn more about the way that the United Nations works. MUN is a great introduction to the high school program, should students wish to continue on once in high school, called Youth & Government. You can learn more about Youth & Government through the information provided on our website or by calling (760) 745-7490.
Is there a cost to participate?
Yes, there is a cost to participate. There is a member price (for YMCA members) and participant price. Scholarships are available to those individuals who apply and qualify.
How do I get involved?
We will update our website with the dates for our Parent Orientation night in early January and invite parents and youth to attend that night and learn more about the program.