The Model United Nations program affords high school students the opportunity to research and debate issues of international importance.  Each year our Model UN Club will have the privilege of debating other teams on their selected issues.  Students gain an appreciation of international affairs and cultural differences.  The program culminates at the YMCA Model United Nations Conference, held in January in Hershey, PA. The program occurs during the school year and is open to high school students and 7th and 8th graders.

2017 Model United Nations Conference

This year, The Community YMCA’s 124 high school delegates joined nearly 2000 other students from around the Northeast for the 2017 Model United Nations Conference from January 6th-8th and 13th-15 in Hershey, PA. During the three day long conference, students learned what it’s like to be a UN ambassador; each delegate was assigned to represent one of the UN’s 193 member states and, with other students in their committees, they debated and addressed world issues, including refugees, the environment, and human trafficking. Now that Model UN has concluded, The Community YMCA will be starting its spring program, Youth & Government: participants in that program will learn about our state’s legislative process and the form and function of our democratic system. They will attend a three-day long conference in April held in our state capitol. Interested in learning more? Contact Jackie Normyle at


The YMCA’s Youth & Government program affords high school students the opportunity to write their own legislative bill.  Students spend one weekend a year with other teen teams from throughout New Jersey to debate and secure passage of their proposed bill in the actual New Jersey Senate/House Chambers in Trenton.

The young people in Youth & Government learn how to solve issues including: environmental, educational, commercial, business, community affairs, governmental, and more. They come away from the program with increased awareness and understanding of our political process, as well as heightened problem solving and critical thinking skills.

For more information or to register for Civic Engagement programs
Call: 732.671.5505, ext. 130