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


Position Papers from Regional Meetings

As far as I know, all position papers have arrived.

Roundtable Discussion Guest Experts

Detailed Schedule for the 2015 Symposium Updated Oct 15, 2015

Letter from the IYS Chair - will be posted soon.
Schedule and Deadlines 2015
Contact Person
Click here to register for the 2015 Iowa Youth Symposium
Security, Rules of Behavior, Bus Parking
Topics and Research Guides for 2015
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: 10/15/15
Web site editor: Mary Helfter

Schedule and Deadlines

The 2015 Iowa Youth Symposium (IYS) will be held Tuesday, October 20 and Wednesday, October 21, 2015 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 1: Research guides should be available for all topics. See links elsewhere on this page.

October 1: 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 Todd Crites with the number of delegates from your school on each topic so that room assignments can be determined.

All students are invited to attend Regional Meetings. At the regional meetings delegates from the attending schools collaborate to compose a single regional position paper on each of the four topics. Each region will send a select number of delegates to the first day of the IYS, the pre-plenary session on Tuesday.

October 6: Deadline to register for the Iowa Youth Symposium. Register here: http://goo.gl/forms/cILR3fu2eh Use the form to pre-order lunch for delegates and advisors. The Capitol cafeteria will be closed during the IYS and we’re using an outside caterer to provide lunch. After you register, you will receive an invoic via email for the conference fee ($5 per delegate) and the lunches you order ($8 per lunch).
October 8: Last day to submit regional position papers. Send by email to Mary Helfter. Please do not use special formatting.
October 12: Regional position papers should all be available to read using links from this web site. Advisors and delegates, please print your own. They will not be mailed to you

Iowa Youth Symposium

Tuesday, October 20, Pre-plenary at the State Capitol Complex for students selected from Regionals. Roundtable discussions coordinated by Andrew Bouska from Ankeny and Kristin Weiland from Dubuque. Note a schedule change: the roundtable discussions will be held in the morning, before discussion of position papers.

Pre-plenary delegates will participate in roundtable discussions with experts on their respective topics. Then the delegates will work in topic committees headed by Secretariat staff from UNI's Model UN Club to compose a position paper on each topic. The Secretariat staff will identify two Outstanding Delegates from each committee who will be recognized at the conclusion of the pre-plenary session.

Wednesday, October 21, Plenary Session, at the State Capitol Complex. All students are invited to attend the second day of the IYS on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The day’s activities will begin with recognition of the previous day’s Outstanding Delegates and a keynote address by the Honorary Iowa UN Day Chair.

Drake University professor David Courard-Hauri has been selected to serve as the 2015 Honorary UN Day Chair, and he will deliver the keynote address at the Iowa Youth Symposium. Courard-Hauri is a professor in environmental science and policy and one of the lead authors of the annual Iowa Climate Statement. He has published research in fields as diverse as carbon sequestration, butterfly movement, cell-signaling, and the psychological drivers of overconsumption. His current research focus is in the field of ecological economics.

Following the opening ceremony, delegates will split into committees to compose formal UN resolutions on the four topics. This year we will conclude the IYS with a closing ceremony at which the Outstanding Delegates will present their committees’ resolutions.


Topics and Research Guides

Topics for 2015: When the research guide is available, the topic listed below will have 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. juvenile offenders? (Social Topic)
  2. free trade vs. fair trade? (Economic Topic)
  3. biometric identification and privacy? (Science Topic)
  4. refugee rights? (Political Topic)

Roundtable Discussion Leaders/Guest Experts, 2015

Social Topic:
Eduardo Magalhaes III is a professor of political science at Simpson College. Dr. Magalhaes teaches course in comparative politics, minority politics, and international relations. In addition he teaches a Model UN class, and his students participate in the Midwest Model United Nations (MMUN) conference in St. Louis. Simpson students regularly win Outstanding Delegation awards, including two awards at MMUN 2015.

Economic Topic:
Dr. Jeffrey Kappen is an assistant professor in International Business at Drake University. He received his MBA in Business administration from the University of Wisconsin and his PhD in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts. He worked for ten years with businesses in the United States as well as Europe and South America. His areas of focus include international management, transnational networks, and governance and power in business.

Science Topic:
Dr. Brian Mennecke is an associate professor at Iowa State University with the College of Business. He received his MBA at Miami University, MS in Geology at Miami University, and his PhD in Management Information Systems at Indiana University. He has been at ISU since 1999 and has been researching identification systems such as facial recognition.

Political Topic:
Ahmadu Baba-Singhri is a professor of sociology and chairman of Criminal Justice Department at Grandview University. Dr. Baba-Singhri employs the learning-by-doing method and the Baba-Singhri KUA (Know it. Understand it. Apply it) model in the Sociology, Criminology and Social Problems courses he teaches. He works with area community social services to provide first-hand learning experiences to his students, and he believes that education is the quest for the unknown and the processing of the known.

Contact Person

For more information or to submit fees, please contact:

Todd Crites, IYS/IUNAFAC Chair
Grinnell High School
1333 Sunset St.
Grinnell, IA 50112
school phone 641-236-2720
home phone 641-528-2088
cell phone 641-260-1547

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 is available at these links.

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. juvenile offenders? (Social Topic)
    2. free trade vs. fair trade? (Economic Topic)
    3. biometric identification and privacy? (Science Topic)
    4. refugee rights? (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 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.