DES MOINES | The Iowa Youth Symposium was held on Tuesday, Oct. 24 and Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 at the Iowa State Capitol Building.

Youth from around the state spent the day discussing the United States’ position on global topics such as police brutality, the effect of automation on human employment, the legalization of medical marijuana, and sovereignty in the South China Sea. In the end, students worked together to create position papers and resolutions addressing possible solutions to these issues.

Osage Model United Nation’s group participated in these topic discussions, with 13 students attending. Those attending included Kelsey Havel, Claire Sullivan, Madalyn Dohlman, Wyatt Grady, Josiah Meier, Seth Phillips, Rhett Ham, Jonah Bluhm, Elijah Bluhm, Makayla Mostek, Makayla Eagen, Chase Halbach and Andrew Schneider.

“Model UN encourages young people to explore and engage in discussion of global issues,” said Model UN Advisor Lisa Brandau. “It fosters the development of skills like public speaking, networking, research, writing papers, problem-solving, conflict resolution, cooperation, and compromise.”

Osage’s Sister City Organization along with the Osage Community Schools support the ability of the Model United Nations group to attend the Iowa Youth Symposium, as well as the Iowa Model United Nations Spring Conference at University of Northern Iowa held in the spring of each year.