Minneapolis, MN – The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, a leading nonprofit dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, will bring together 700 students in grades 7-12 at the Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government Model United Nations March 28 - 30.

Model U.N. participants represent nations around the world and practice compromise and diplomacy to solve global problems. Topics students will discuss include cybersecurity threats, poverty and social exclusion, health conditions of refugee camps, effects of chemical weapons, international arms trade, child labor and more. The goal of Model U.N. is to teach students to be responsible, inclusive world citizens in our global community. Of conference attendees, about 30 percent come from Greater Minnesota and nearly 40 percent are students of color.

“Model U.N. helps students develop a global perspective,” said Orville Lindquist, state program executive for Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government. “They will sharpen their researching, writing and speaking skills, but more importantly, they will grow as leaders and learn to respect multiple points of view in a diverse and rapidly-changing world.”

YMCA Youth in Government

Model United Nations 

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

Thursday, March 28 – Saturday, March 30, 2019

Media Invited:

  • Thursday, March 28, Noon- 1:00 p.m. for the opening ceremony or 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. for program sessions
  • Friday, March 29, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for program sessions

About the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities

The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities is a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  Established 162 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.ymcamn.org.