For information on leadership roles for students, please see the Leadership Page

Students:

Delegates

Each student (or delegate) to the program faces an exciting and challenging task in preparing materials to become a United Nations Ambassador. Delegates must do some intensive research on a variety of topics and be prepared to defend and debate the position(s) held by their country. Moreover, the delegate must be prepared to undertake formal negotiations within their committee caucuses and make impromptu speeches explaining their country’s position on the assigned topics.

An important element of the conference is the responsibility of each delegate to prepare for the conference to ensure a constructive and informed discussion on issues that will take place. Consequently, students are required to prepare documents (which may include country research papers, draft resolutions, briefs, memorandums, writing samples, news articles, etc.) that encompass all the topics pertaining to their respective committee. The quality and success of the conference on a whole is reliant on each student coming with adequate preparation to ensure the best possible experience for all.

Adults:

Adult Advisors

Advisors play an integral role in the function of delegations, serving as the central communicators and organizers of delegations. They typically include teachers, YMCA staff, and other adults who organize a group of students to participate in Y-MUN and attend the annual conference.  The Adult Advisor is responsible for the behavior of their students and compliance with all program deadlines. It is highly recommended that adult advisors assist their students in preparation for the program. Advisors should meet as a delegation on a regular basis to ensure that students are clear on program expectations and are fully prepared for conference.  Students also need to learn and practice parliamentary procedure in delegation meetings for efficient debate at conference. Delegate preparation should also include discussions on YMCA values (honesty, respect, caring and responsibility), which are vital for a successful experience for all participants.

At 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 during the course of conference. All advisors are required to remain in the hallway for a minimum of 30 minutes after curfew to ensure students are quiet and in their rooms.

Support Staff

This group is comprised of former participants in the program who return each year to conference to provide assistance and act as role models for the delegates. This team of alumni staff helps to create and implement changes to the structure and operation of conference.  They oversee and facilitate all conference-related events and efforts. Support Staff members are assigned to a specific task for the entire weekend, which is primarily to provide guidance to a chair or delegates.

At conference, the support staff also operates the Home Office.  This central location is the hub for all administrative functions of the conference, including all questions and concerns that arise.