AFSA student speaking to politicians at the Minnesota State Capital
  • Model Assembly is a 4-day conference that is a part of the YMCA’s Youth-in-Government program. By participating in Model Assembly, students have the opportunity to simulate Minnesota's state government. Last year's Model Assembly included 1600 students in grades 8 through 12 from all around the state! 

    How Does It Work?

    To participate in Model Assembly, interested students in grades 8 through 12 will register in September and begin to meet with our school delegation. In early November all delegations will meet for a training event at Fridley High School. This training will include opportunities for delegates to meet other participants and learn how to fulfill their role at the Model Assembly Session. Please see Important Dates & Meetings for when Model Assembly will occur.

    After being trained on their roles, students will research and prepare to discuss state issues at the Model Assembly Session.  After extensive preparation, participants will draft legislation, prepare legal case briefs and/or write news articles. Then participants will meet at the Capitol at the Minneapolis Hilton for four days of intense debate, building lasting friendships, and having fun during the Model Assembly session. At the end of the day, students participate in evening activities including: carnival games, crafts, movies, and karaoke.  

    Please see Mrs. Nelson if you have any questions!

Model Assembly 2020 Information

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  • Fees:

    Costs for Model Assembly 2020 will be $425. Early bird registration is before October 1.

    Financial assistance forms can be found at or from Mrs. Nelson. 


    Where Do I Register?

    Registration is done online at