Model Congress is comprised of both small and full committee sessions. In small committee sessions delegates meet with their House or Senate committees, while in full sessions delegates meet with their representative bodies to debate a spectrum of bills.
Small Committee: This is a delegate’s smallest environment. They usually are surrounded by 20 or so other delegates. These delegates all have the same main debate focus, discussing bills that they find the most interesting. Small Committee meets every single day, except Sunday to debate specific topics that pertain to that committees jurisdiction.
Full Committee: This committee is a lot larger than small committee since it’s all the small committees in your House or Senate color meeting in one room. Full can be very intimidating, but that should never stop a delegate from participating. Here you will see a lot more variety in the topics, and so it requires more background knowledge. Since speaking opportunities are not given as often as in Small, make sure your speeches are impactful and worthwhile. Sunday in Full Committee does have an impact on awards, so make sure you give it your all every single session.
Model Congress gives students a chance to engage in a role-playing simulation of the United States Congress. Model Congress provides students with a chance to debate a variety of relevant topics. Delegates write bills and debate many of the issues which are nationally pertinent today. Most of all, students are able to express their own views and opinions on what they think are the most important issues facing the country, and hear what their peers have to say about them.
Model Congress is a great place to train and develop public speaking skills. You can meet many new people who both share and, more importantly, disagree with your political views. Schools travel all across the country and world to participate in prestigious conferences hosted by many Ivy League schools.
Model Congress also gives students the opportunity to visit and see many universities which choose to run these conferences and often can act as a preliminary college visit. Your chairs (the people who run the conference) are also college students from that university who can give great advice about the college life on campus as it really is.
Ultimately, Model Congress is an environment which allows Students to learn about politics while having loads of fun with the AFSE Model Congress team and meet people from all over the country. If have any questions just ask our Founder, Chairman & President Alexander J Satin in school, or email us on our school email.