CURRICULUM

If you missed LAUNCH or you want more clarification about what your role will be at the conference, check out the corresponding curriculum document for your program area below:

FILING 

C1 | Statewide Officer Filing

Delegates who wished to run for a Statewide Elected Officer position (Governor/Lt. Governor and Secretary of State) must have completed this online application by 4:59pm on Monday, December 2nd. Late applications are not accepted.

2020 Candidates: Governor & Lt. Governor

  • Caleb Korder (Hastings) & Evan Leebans (Mounds View)
  • Anne Guidera (Orono) & Dane Germany (Champlin Park)

2020 Candidates: Secretary of State

  • Julia Fritsch (Hastings)
  • Amelia Langner (Mounds View)
  • Jack Teske (Parnassus)

C2 | Program Area Officer Filing

Delegates who wish to run for a Program Area Elected Officer Position (Speakers, Presidents, Judges, Lobbyist Director, NIF Presiding Officer, or Media) must complete this online form by 11:59am on Friday during the Model Assembly conference.

C3 | Candidate Expenditure

Elected Officer applicants must complete this form and turn in to the Secretary of State Hotel Office by Friday (12 Noon) during the Model Assembly Session to be eligible for candidacy. Download the Word document from this page. 


2020 ELECTION RULES

PROGRAM AREA APPOINTED POSITIONS 

B1 | Appointed Official Filing

Delegates who wish to apply to be an Appointed Official for Model Assembly 2021 need to complete this online application by 11:59pm on January 25th.

Positions Available for Appointment

Chief of Staff 
Lead all staff in Governor’s/Lt. Governor’s Office and assist Governor/Lt. Governor in implementing policy & events.

Executive Assistant 
The main point-of-contact for Executive Branch. This position keeps Governor’s/Lt. Governor’s schedule, coordinates paperwork, assists in all other projects.

Press Secretary
Official spokesperson for program area, summarizes program area activities, presents activities and ideas to media, participate in press conferences.

Cabinet Member
Become knowledgeable about your department, testify to Legislative committees, and work with individual legislators to advance/defeat bills.

Deputy SOS – Legislature
Lead all staff in the SOS Office, Assist SOS in implementing policy & events

Deputy SOS – Elections
Facilitate all elections, lead staff in conducting elections, prepare all election materials

Press Secretary & Media Coordinator
Official spokesperson for program area, summarizes program area activities, presents activities and ideas to media, participate in press conferences. Coordinate filings for officer candidates, manage media points budgets, ensure that candidate ads are properly placed in media outlets

Staff
Conduct SOS activities as directed, includes but not limited to accepting filing forms, managing bill process, and conducting elections.

Secretary/Clerk
Manages movement of bills and makes all announcements to the body

Floor Leader
Manages the body from the floor, encourages debate, assists the Chair in making structural motions, etc. Fills in for the Speaker to preside as needed.

Assistant Floor Leader
Assists Floor Leader, assumes Floor Leader duties in their absence

Sergeant-at-Arms
Facilitates decorum in chamber, regulates movements in and out, assists with managing materials, and announces guests

Administrative Assistant
Assumes Secretary/Clerk duties in absence of Secretary/Clerk, provides overall support for administration of the chamber, coordinates relations with sister chamber

Press Secretary
Official spokesperson for program area, summarizes program area activities, presents activities and ideas to media, participate in press conferences.

Committee Leader
Manage all meeting functions, paperwork flow, ensure that all voices are heard

Chief Presiding Justice
Lead all court staff in secondary courtroom

Presiding Justice
Sit as lead judge on hearings, train and assist student lawyers as they rotate onto bench

Court Administrator
Main point-of-contact for Court, types and publishes opinions, manages any case materials

Press Secretary
Official spokesperson for program area, summarizes program area activities, presents activities and ideas to media, participate in press conferences.

Judge
Preside over courtroom and manage all aspects of trial.

Press Secretary
Official spokesperson for program area, summarizes program area activities, presents activities and ideas to media, participate in press conferences.

Assistant Director
Lead lobbyists in the absence of the Director, assist with providing direction to Team Leads

Team Lead
Lead small team, develop strategies for committee and person-to-person lobbying

Press Secretary
Official spokesperson for program area, summarizes program area activities, presents activities and ideas to media, participate in press conferences.

Lobbyist
Advocate for the positions of the assigned team/client, testify in committees, work with individual legislators and government leaders

Committee Chair
Preside over committee debate, manage paperwork flow

Press Secretary
Official spokesperson for program area, summarizes program area activities, presents activities and ideas to media, participate in press conferences.

Manager (TV, Radio, Newspaper, or Digital)
Supervise and direct team members; ensure that media area meets goals

Media Reporter
Speak and write clearly, ability to approach people to request info, conduct interviews, write stories, meet deadlines. Use good grammar, vocabulary and spelling. Present on camera or in audio format

Videographer
Shoot news stories, edit stories for broadcast

Editor
Edits all packages from reporters/videographers into the master show

Anchor
Host TV broadcast, write stories, help Station Manager determine story order

Closing Video
Write, shoot and edit closing session video, conduct interviews

Editor
Edits all packages from reporters/videographers into the master broadcast

Layout Editor 
Work quickly, attentive to detail

Copy Editor
Use correct grammar and spelling, use style guides, work with others to craft their writing and adhere to media standards

Digital Team Member
Write and post clearly, adhere to media standards, assist manager in running all digital platforms

Dress Code and Packing Guidelines

These are rough guidelines and are not exhaustive. See your delegation director and/or the Code of Conduct for advice and a more complete list.

What to Bring

  • Proper clothing (see below)
  • Food (can bring coolers and snacks for room – especially breakfast foods)
  • Money for meals and swag
    • Meals average about $10 at the Skyway and Suburban Avenue restaurants
    • Swag is available and ranges from a few dollars for knick knacks to $40-$50 for YIG sweatshirts, etc.
  • Program Materials (copies of written materials produced, research materials)

What Not to Bring/What Not to Do

  • Large amounts of money
  • Expensive jewelry, etc.
  • TV-based video game systems (can damage hotel TVs)
  • Portable Speakers
  • Delegates cannot drive their own cars

Examples of Appropriate Attire for Program Hours (Meetings and Assemblies)

  • Collared dress shirt (including button-downs, blouses or polos)
  • Sweaters, suit vests, suit coat, blazers, ties
  • Dress pants (including khakis), dresses, skirts, belts, suspenders
  • Dress shoes are required to be worn all day – flat shoes/low heels are good choices

Guidelines:

  • Hems of dresses/skirts must be 2 inches above the knee or lower for all functions – business or casual.
  • Denim, in any form, is not considered part of professional attire.
  • Cultural or religious dress fits within dress code standards; appropriation of cultural dress is not permitted.
  • Undergarments must be worn. Visible undergarments are not permitted.
  • Hats are only permitted in outdoor settings.
  • Pay attention to conditions – dress for Minnesota weather, transportation and terrain, including coats and footwear.

Examples of Appropriate Casual Attire (Evening Activities, etc.)

  • T-shirts, sweatshirts
  • Jeans, corduroys, shorts
  • Tennis shoes, sandals, most closed-toe footwear

Never Appropriate for Any Delegate/Advisor at Anytime

  • Any clothing with inappropriate language or imagery
  • Any see-through, low cut or extremely tight-fitting clothing
  • Tube tops or bare midriffs
  • Pajamas or any other sleeping attire
  • Slippers or bare feet