Students:

Delegates

Students in the program (or delegates) face the exciting and challenging task of preparing to become United Nations Ambassadors!

At the annual Y-MUN MS conference, delegates will partake in two simulations. In General Assembly, delegates represent their assigned countries in committees tasked with negotiating resolutions on topics chosen for debate. In International Criminal Court, delegates represent a side in their assigned case, either prosecuting or defending world leaders accused of crimes under the Rome Statute.

To ensure a constructive and informed discussion, delegates are required to complete two pre-conference assignments: a Country Research Questionnaire and a Case Preparation Document. Additionally, adult advisors will work with delegates (using our collection of lesson plans) to build the skills to speak confidently, and to negotiate and collaborate with their fellow delegates.

 

Adults:

Adult Advisors

Advisors play an integral role in Y-MUN MS by serving as the representatives for and organizers of delegations. Adult advisors are typically teachers, YMCA staff, or other adults up to the challenge of organizing a group of middle school (6th-8th grade) students to prepare for and attend Y-MUN MS. The adult advisors are responsible for the behavior of their students and for compliance with all program deadlines.

It is highly recommended that adult advisors assist their students in preparation for the program. Advisors should ensure that their delegations meet on a regular basis so that students understand program expectations and are fully prepared for conference.  Students also need to learn and practice parliamentary procedure in delegation meetings. Delegate preparation should also include discussions on the YMCA core values (honesty, respect, caring, and responsibility), which are vital for a successful experience for all participants. Materials to aid in preparing delegations can be found under Advisor Resources.

During the conference, each advisor will be assigned to a committee.  Advisors will be asked to fulfill their selected duty, in addition to supervising their delegates. Advisors are requested to assist delegates who may have questions or concerns over the course of conference.

Support Staff

The support staff is comprised of former Y-MUN participants who volunteer to return each year to plan and execute the Y-MUN MS conference. Support staff act as role models for the delegates and provide guidance to delegates as they participate in each of the Y-MUN MS simulations.

This team of alumni also convenes between annual conferences to design and implement improvements to the structure and operation of the program. They oversee and facilitate all conference-related events and efforts. You can learn more about some of these staff members here.