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FUTURE LEADERS IN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
A Conference to Inform and Inspire High School Students

WHAT IS FUTURE LEADERS IN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT?
Future Leaders in American Government, or FLAG, is a three-day, two-night political debate conference for high school students in the Tennessee area co-hosted by Memphis University School and Rhodes College. Our goal is to bring together a diverse group of outstanding high school students who wish to engage in thoughtful and interesting debate on important political issues that affect Tennessee and the nation. We hope that students who attend FLAG not only have a good time learning about policy and contributing during committee sessions, but also make lasting friendships with other delegates as they immerse themselves in a true collegiate experience on the beautiful Rhodes College campus.

WHO IS INVITED TO FLAG?
Students who will be in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades during the 2019-20 school year as well as recently graduated 12th graders (Class of 2019) are welcome to attend FLAG.

WHEN IS FLAG?
The conference runs July 19 through July 21, 2019. FLAG spans three days and two nights. FLAG Conference begins on Friday, July 19, at 10 a.m. with registration and the conference concludes with a closing ceremony on Sunday, July 21 at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE IS FLAG HELD?
The conference will be held at Rhodes College (2000 North Parkway Memphis, TN), with committee sessions held in Rhodes College classrooms. Students will sleep in the Rhodes College dormitories during FLAG.

WHAT WILL WE DO AT FLAG?
The primary activities at FLAG involve delegates attending committee sessions. Delegates will select the committee in which they wish to participate while registering online. The committees are modeled after U.S. congressional committees. In these committees, delegates will be given myriad developing issues, called crises, and will be forced to pass legislation in reaction to the given crises. For example, the U.S. stock market might suddenly crash, and delegates will be forced to pass legislation in response. The quality of legislation will affect not only the committee itself but also every other committee at FLAG in one large, coordinated crisis system following guidelines very similar to Model United Nations conferences.

More information about the committee system can be found HERE. Rhodes College professors will speak to students regarding the specific topic or focus of the committee and answer any questions delegates may have. During committee sessions delegates will attempt to pass legislation pertinent to various situations or crises addressed by the committee membership.

Additionally, delegates will have many opportunities to experience the Rhodes campus and interact with other delegates. Social events and activities may include a visit to the Memphis Zoo, a delegate social, a picnic, and a visit to the Rhodes College Observatory.






TUITION:  The tuition to attend FLAG is $250 per student attendee, which covers all expenses directly related to the conference, including seven meals and use of dormitory rooms. All payments will be made to “Rhodes College.”

Transportation to and from Rhodes College is not included. A limited amount of need-based financial assistance is available. To inquire about need-based financial assistance, please contact us at (901) 260-1300 or email us.
 
DEADLINE: Register by July 14, 2019.  
 
SCHEDULE: A tentative schedule can be found HERE.
 
PACKING LIST:  A packing list can be found HERE. During committee, business casual attire is expected.
 
DEBATE FORMAT AND COMMITTEES: The FLAG Conference debate system, as well as all pertinent committee information, can be found HERE.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Call Mr. Barry Ray at (901) 260-1300 or email FLAGConference@musowls.org.