Minneapolis, MN – The YMCA of the North, a leading nonprofit dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, will bring together more than 500 students in grades 7-12 at the Minnesota YMCA Model United Nations on March 30-April 1.

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.

“In the classroom, students primarily learn from their teachers,” said Amy Anderson, executive director for the YMCA Center for Youth Voice. “At Center for Youth Voice conferences, students learn from each other. Specifically at YMCA Model UN, participants will improve their research, writing and public speaking skills as well as their understanding of the world and how they fit into that world.”

YMCA of the North’s Center for Youth Voice

Model United Nations Conference

Minneapolis Marriott, 30 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Thursday, March 30 – Saturday, April 1, 2023

Media Invited: 

  • Thursday, March 30, 11:00 a.m. – Noon for the opening ceremony or 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. for program sessions
  • Friday, March 31, 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 167 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.