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Registration is officially open for our 2021 MUN program year!!!

Model United Nations is for participants in grades 6-8. Please see below for more details on our exciting new program that will be held virtually this year.

The full cost of the program is $150.

To register, please click here.

Our delegation meetings will be held weekly on Thursday nights from 4:30-5:30 pm on Zoom. The first delegation meeting will be held March 18th at 4:30 pm. We will be sending out the Zoom link to enrolled participants as we get closer to the start date.

There will also be an association wide “Welcome Meeting” with all the delegations involved in the program on Wednesday, March 10 at 5:30 pm at this link.

We want to remind all of our delegates that financial aid is available to all those who need it.  If you are interested in applying for financial assistance, please email [email protected].  

So what does this program entail? 

The Model United Nations (MUN) Program will engage middle schoolers and offer space for discussion. It is a citywide teen educational program in a three-month experience. While engaged through the YMCA, teens are given the opportunity to discuss international issues, discover other cultures, develop life enhancing skills, and make new friends. The program also helps strengthen independence and self-confidence for their personal futures.

We will hold weekly delegation meetings Thursday evenings from 4:30-5:30 pm via Zoom. At the meetings, MUN ambassadors research and debate issues of international importance, establish policies, treaties and resolutions. Ambassadors are assigned to countries, and will work in small groups to learn about issues facing their assigned countries, including disputes between countries, peacekeeping efforts, border crises, stabilizing financial markets and dealing with hunger, disease and poverty. As they learn, the ambassadors will work in their groups to create solutions to these issues.

Along with delegation meetings, teens will get to participate in virtual conferences. During the first conference, ambassadors will present their country projects to other MUN ambassadors from all over Los Angeles. There will be sessions that focus on current events, public speaking and multi-cultural appreciation. Curriculum includes a thorough orientation of the overall program, instruction on how to prepare for the second conference, and game time with other MUN ambassadors. At the second conference, ambassadors put their research and new-found knowledge to work as they present their solutions to problems facing their countries. For this conference, presentations will be ranked, and the highest ranked presentations will move on to a final round the following day.

For more information, please contact [email protected].


TEENS & GOVERNMENT

The YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles Teens & Government (T&G) program is a citywide teen educational program involving more than 1,000 high school students, in a six-month "hands on” experience that teaches the values of democracy.  T&G creates citizen leaders from a cross-section of the City’s high school population and providing them with the opportunity to experience government first hand and to learn how to solve community problems through the democratic process. 

Since its inception, the program has used a variety of activities to build, encourage and strengthen the character traits that will help high school students become involved, responsible adults who are respected citizens. The tool used is a high-quality experiential and educational simulation based upon Los Angeles’ City government. The program is comprehensive, and its impact on the youth participants is dramatic. 

Participants develop an attitude of self-help and self-confidence for their personal futures. 

The program begins in the fall as young people and 300 volunteers at 30 locations throughout the county, meet as individual delegations to discuss issues facing Los Angeles as well as ways to implement their solutions through the legislative and judicial processes. During a six-month period, the teen delegates write measures and proposals, prepare briefs, and select governmental positions to role-play, and run for various elected offices. Delegates will meet weekly with their local group (delegation) to practice debate, public speaking, discuss current events, and decide what is important to their community. Delegates will also get the opportunity to participate in one of the following areas citywide: 

  • City Council (legislative committees) 

  • Superior Court (Appellate, Civil, Criminal) 

  • Board of Supervisors - Budget 

  • Mayor’s Investigative Task Force 

  • School Board 

  • Media 

  • Mayor’s Office (lobbyist) 

  • City Controller and Clerk (legislative analysts, elections, and legislative dockets)  

  • Los Angeles National Assembly 

  • Los Angeles City Charter Convention 

Location:  Sierra Madre Community Recreation Center,
611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024

626-355-5261
ymcaLA.org