Welcome to the YMCA Model UN Program (Y-MUN), a unique Model UN experience that serves more than 2,000 young people annually across the Mid-Atlantic United States (spanning from the New York to DC metro areas). Our conference is youth-driven due to its planning and execution by high school students for high school students, providing an unprecedented simulation of the UN that highlights the themes of collaboration, cultural understanding, and problem solving that are at the core of the organization’s real-life goals. We help students develop their debate skills and find their voice, but in a one-of-a-kind conference that brings together servant leadership, public speaking, and global problem solving rather than a singular emphasis on debate.  Our mission is simple – build the global leaders of tomorrow, today.


Program Pillars

voice

Great leaders and speakers are not born – everyone has the capacity to excel with a unique style. We strive to empower young people to speak up, hone debate and persuasion skills, construct effective arguments, and engage in conflict resolution in a collaborative environment.

Global

In our increasingly connected world, regardless of field, having a firm understanding of cultures and international issues is essential. We strive to broaden students’ horizons and expose them to new ways of thinking anchored in a culture of respect.

Serve

Leadership is not about the spotlight – it is about service to those you lead and character. This spirit is ingrained in our program – youth chair and plan conference, delegates mentor less experienced peers, and we bring international issues and the ability to affect them to life through conference-wide service projects.

Community

With ~2,000 annual participants, we help form bonds, create exchanges of ideas across diverse backgrounds, and connect like-minded individuals in our community. These connections continue after graduation through social, academic, and professional development through our Alumni Association.