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Iowa Youth Symposium 2015 will be held October 20-21.

More information will be available later this summer.


Position Papers from Regional Meetings

**Position Papers from Regional Meetings - ALL are now available

Roundtable Discussion Guest Experts - Now listed, 10/5

Detailed Schedule for the 2014 Symposium, New on Sept 30, 2014 (and the link corrected on Oct 7)

Final Letter from IYS Chair Beth Ann Schumacher,Dated Oct 15, 2014

Includes information about security, meeting rooms, speakers, bus parking, etc.


Schedule and Deadlines 2014
Contact Person
Security, Rules of Behavior, Bus Parking
Topics and Research Guides for 2014
Resolutions & Position Papers
Regional Meetings
Link to Iowa High School Model United Nations web site

2012: https://sites.google.com/site/ihsmun0uni/iowa-youth-symposium-documents---2012

2013: https://sites.google.com/site/ihsmun0uni/announcements/finalresolutionlinks

Use the links above to access documents from previous Iowa Youth Symposiums.

Created 08/02/2004
Most recent revision: 06/12/15
Web site editor: Mary Helfter

Schedule and Deadlines

The 2014 Iowa Youth Symposium (IYS) will be held Tuesday, October 21 and Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the State Capitol Complex in Des Moines. It is scheduled annually to coincide with United Nations Day. It is organized and sponsored by the Iowa United Nations Association Faculty Advisors Committee (IUNAFAC).

    • August 11: Research guides should be available for all topics. See links below.
    • October 3: Last day for Regional meetings. Site hosts, please let Mary Helfter (see contact information below) know when you schedule your regional so that the site, date, time, and location information can be posted on this web site. Also, please send an email to Beth Ann Schumacher with the number of delegates from your school on each topic so that room assignments can be determined.
    • October 10: Last day to submit regional position papers. Send by email to Mary Helfter. Please do not use special formatting.
    • October 13: Regional position papers should all be available to read, at this web site. Advisors and delegates, please print your own. They will not be mailed to you.
    • Tuesday, October 21, Pre-plenary at the State Capitol Complex for students selected from Regionals. Roundtable discussions coordinated by Todd Crites from Grinnell and Andrew Bouska from Ankeny.
    • Wednesday, October 22, Plenary Session for all student participants, at the State Capitol Complex.

Topics and Research Guides

Topics for 2014: All research guides are now available. The topic listed below has a link.
Research is provided by members of IUNAFAC.

All topics begin with the phrase: "What should be the position of the United States in the United Nations on..."

  1. childhood obesity? (Social Topic)
  2. consumption and consumerism? (Economic Topic)
  3. the global burden of mental health? (Science Topic)
  4. Security Council reform and expansion? (Political Topic)

Roundtable Discussion Leaders/Experts, 2014

Social Topic:
Kathy Leggett is the director of the Center for Advocacy and Outreach at Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines. Kathy's impact is felt across the state of Iowa as she works to bring people together to help support initiatives aimed at protecting children.

Economic Topic:
Dr. Brian Peterson is a Professor of Economics at Central College. Dr. Peterson’s interest areas include public finance, quantitative methods and economic education.

Science Topic:
Dr. Baba-Singhri is a Professor of Sociology at Grand View College and is the advisor of the Black Student Alliance. The organization is open to all students, in order to stimulate cultural and educational awareness, represent the social and political concerns of the African-American student body, and to establish a more perfect union between various components of the African-American community, multi-cultural community, and the university.

Political Topic:
Dr. Debra DeLaet is a Professor of Political Science at Drake University. Her teaching and research interests include human rights, global gender issues, peacebuilding and justice, international law and organizations, and international migration. Dr. DeLaet supervises Drake’s participation in American Model United Nations simulations.

Contact Person

For more information or to submit fees, please contact:

Beth Ann Schumacher, IYS/IUNAFAC Chair
Clear Lake High School
125 N 20th St
Clear Lake, IA 50428
school phone 641-357-5235, ext 2251
school fax 641-357-8180
home phone 641-357-2783
cell phone 641-430-7729
bschumacher@clearlakeschools.org (school)
mkbaschumacher@netins.net (home)

To submit web site comments, changes in advisor list, information about your regional, etc., contact:

Mary Helfter, IUNAFAC Treasurer
South O'Brien High School

Roundtable Coordinators

Other IUNAFAC members:


The Iowa Youth Symposium sessions are staffed by students who attend the University of Northern Iowa. Many of the same students make up the staff of the Iowa High School Model United Nations held annually in Cedar Falls at UNI.

Resolutions and Position Papers

The position papers that you take to regionals and that should be submitted from your regional meeting, must be in the following format. The sections should be as follows:

    • Background Information
    • United States Position
    • Justification and Summary
    • Resources should be listed/cited

A sample position paper, 2010 version, is available.

Position Papers from Regional Meetings

After Regional Meetings are held, the submitted papers will be available by following the links below.

All topics begin with the phrase: "What should be the position of the United States in the United Nations on..."

    1. childhood obesity? (Social Topic)
    2. consumption and consumerism? (Economic Topic)
    3. the global burden of mental health? (Science Topic)
    4. Security Council reform and expansion? (Political Topic)

The Iowa Youth Symposium web site is provided by South O'Brien Community School District as a service to students and advisors involved in the IYS, and to make communication more efficient and cost-effective. Research Guides and Position Papers are generated as part of a learning activity and are not under the editorial perview of SOCSD. Links from the Research Guides are not guaranteed to be stable sites and we do not have control over their content.