World Geography /American Government -Model UN

During the Fall semester, students will focus on World Geography with an emphasis on world cultures, religions, governments.  Students will work in teams representing an assigned country.  The semester culminates in participation in the YMCA Model UN. 

What is Model United Nations?

Each fall, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee sponsors a Model United Nations conference. At the one day conference, Tennessee middle school students learn about the real world operation of the United Nations by participating in a reenactment of the organization’s activities.

Most students form delegations and represent member countries’ interests in the General Assembly by drafting and debating resolutions. These resolutions cover a wide variety of topics of international concern. 

The spring semester will focus on American Government with preparing a proposed bill to present at the Youth Legislature. 

Students present their bill in committee at the YMCA conferences with students from other Memphis schools. The students will then vote to send a bill from their committee to the General Assembly. If your bill is chosen you then present before the entire assembly. 

This YMCA program teaches civic involvement, understanding of the process of government, writing, research techniques, parliamentary procedure, debating skills and oral speaking skills. The Tennessee YMCA Center for Civic Engagement is a statewide leadership development program designed to allow students ages 11-19 to experience the processes of government in a hands-on way. 

Required Materials:

  • Internet access, computer and printer (all resolutions/bills must be typed and assignments will be posted online

Class Homework Assignments: Any additional work needed on team’s resolution or bill prior to designated conference.  

Wednesday 

Time: 10:45-12:15
Grades:
6th – 8th
Class Fee: $350 for full year class
Supply Fee: $110 (fee includes registration fees for both the YMCA Model UN and Youth Legislature)
Tutor: Jamie Reed

Thursday

Time:  9:00-10:30
Grades: 6th – 8th
Class Fee: $350 for full year class
Supply Fee: $110 (fee includes registration fees for both the YMCA Model UN and Youth Legislature)
Tutor: Jamie Reed