Minneapolis, MN – The YMCA of the North, a leading nonprofit dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, will bring together more than 400 students in grades 7-12 at the Minnesota YMCA Model United Nations on March 24-26.

Model UN participants take on the role of diplomats from various nations around the world and practice compromise and diplomacy to solve global problems. Some topics students will discuss include election security and reform, plastic waste in oceans, global hunger and food insecurity, biological black market, control of space, public displays of religious practices, global exchange rates, building a lasting peace and more. The goal of Model UN is to teach students to be responsible, inclusive world citizens in our global community.

“We live in a world that is struggling with many challenges,” said Orville Lindquist, program executive for the YMCA Center for Youth Voice. “These struggles are not limited to individuals, states, countries or even regions. Encouraging a global mindset allows young people to develop skills that are needed in our diverse world. At Model UN, participants will not only sharpen their research, writing and public speaking skills, they will better understand the world in which they live in and how they fit into that world.”

YMCA of the North’s Center for Youth Voice

Model United Nations Conference

Royal Sonesta, 35 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Thursday, March 24 – Saturday, March 26, 2022

Media Invited: 

  • Thursday, March 24, 11:00 a.m. - noon for the opening ceremony or 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. for program sessions
  • Friday, March 25, 9:00 a.m. – Noon for program sessions

About the YMCA of the North

The YMCA of the North is a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Established 166 years ago, the Ys provide life-strengthening services across the greater Twin Cities metro region, southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin communities. The 29 Y locations and program sites, eight overnight camps, 10 day camps, and more than 90 child care sites engage more than 370,000 men, women and children of all ages, incomes and backgrounds. To learn more about the Y’s mission and work, visit www.ymcanorth.org.