Model Assembly

The Model Assembly program is conducted almost entirely by students. Participants have opportunities to serve in a number of different program areas. The opportunities for discovery and growth are virtually limitless.



What Do I Do?

You will be able to participate in an incredibly realistic and complex simulation of Minnesota state government. Approximately 1,600 students in grades 8-12 take part in the Model Assembly Session every January. You get the opportunity to serve as legislators, judges, attorneys, lobbyists, and cabinet members, media representatives, or introductory Leadership Corps. members.

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  • Focus on state and local issues
  • Meet YIG participants from across the state
  • Choose from many program area options
  • Gain leadership positions in this entirely student-led state government 

Conference Date

January 9 – January 12, 2020


September – December


Students grades 8-12 from around Minnesota


Minneapolis Hilton
1001 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota State Capitol Complex
75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 


There are two parts to the cost: the State Fee and the Delegation Fee.

State Fee is $425* and includes:

  • Transportation during the conference
  • Conference fees
  • 3 nights in the conference hotel

Delegation Fee varies by delegation and includes:

  • Transportation to and from the conference
  • Varied delegation-specific expenses

*Discounts applied for early registration (prior to October 3) and limited financial assistance available to those who qualify

2020 Governor David Scheerer

2020 Lt. Governor Justin Scheerer

2020 Secretary of State Marshall Laidlaw

2020 Speaker of Sanford House Hufsa Ahmed

2020 President of Knutson Senate Elise Weier

2020 Speaker of Humphrey House John Whipple

2020 Speaker of Sibley House Wesley Ross

2020 President of Stassen Senate Jack Teske

2020 President of Ramsey Senate Ruby Coyle

2020 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ava Hart

2020 Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals Owen Arent

2020 Chief Judge of the District Court Beatrice Lentz

2020 Chief Judge of the Trial Court Elisa Guo

2020 Lobbyist Director Theo Tran

2020 National Issues Forum Presiding Officer Jonah Martinez

2020 Media Director Allison Callstrom