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US Youth Observer 2012-2013, Brooke Loughrin and US Youth Observer 2013-2014, Tiffany Taylor
US Youth Observer 2012-2013, Brooke Loughrin and US Youth Observer 2013-2014, Tiffany Taylor

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Global Classrooms Model UN

Global Classrooms is an innovative educational program that engages middle school and high school students in an exploration of current world issues through interactive simulations and curricular materials. Global Classrooms cultivates literacy, life skills and the attitudes necessary for active citizenship.

At the core of Global Classrooms is Model United Nations, wherein students step into shoes of UN Ambassadors and debate a range of issues on the UN agenda. For over 60 years, Model UN has thrived in highly selective high schools and colleges – institutions with the resources to match a strong student interest in world affairs. Prior to 2000, when Global Classrooms was created, students in economically disadvantaged public schools rarely had the opportunity to participate.

Over the past decade, Global Classrooms has worked in 24 major cities around the world, helping bridge the gap in the Model UN community between experienced programs and traditionally underserved public schools or schools new to Model UN. Global Classrooms is distinguished by its teacher and student resources that develop critical thinking, conflict resolution and communication skills for middle and high school students.

Global Classrooms has become a premiere international education program offering students valuable insight into the growing influence of globalization.

GenUN

UNA-USA will launch a new youth initiative called GenUN on August 12 (International Youth Day) to engage a generation of young people in the work of the United Nations.Our 9,000 youth members range in age and background: from young Model UN delegates in middle school to international affairs students in college. The main purpose is to promote and facilitate constructive American leadership at the UN through encouraging participation in an array of UNA-USA activities at the local and national levels. As the online youth hub for UNA-USA, GenUN will resource our campus chapters and serve as the action center for youth advocates.

Semester at Sea Partnership

The UN had 554 new pairs of eyes and ears this spring as Semester at Sea’s ship sailed around the globe, visiting 12 countries from January through May. As a co-curricular activity on board the study abroad program, the first ever on-board UNA-USA club empowered undergraduate students to take an up-close look at the results of the Millennium Development Goals and solutions to ending poverty within their generation.

While most college students study from a classroom at a college or university, Semester at Sea’s Spring 2014 voyageleveraged their mobile campus to add voices to the post-2015 conversation. Starting in Mexico and finishing in London, with stops in Asia and Africa, they utilized UNDP’s MyWorld 2015initiative to prioritize today’s most pressing development issues.

U.S. Youth Observer to the UN

Created to elevate youth voices in the global policy dialogue, the U.S. Youth Observer to the UN is a role appointed annually by the U.S. Department of State and UN Association of the USA. For a one-year term, an American between the ages of 18-25 is selected to engage young people in the U.S. in the work of the United Nations and international issues.  The Youth Observer travels throughout the United States to discover the issues important to young Americans and participates with the U.S. delegation at international organization meetings, such as the UN General Assembly opening debates, the UNESCO Youth Forum, and the Commission on the Status of Women. The 2013-2014 Youth Observer, Tiffany Taylor, focused specifically on engaging young Americans in girls and women’s’ issues. The 2014-2015 Youth Observer will be announced on August 1, 2014!

Strengths

  • Cultivating partnerships with likeminded organizations and federal agencies
  • Offering a strategic advocacy agenda and opportunities for action, including resources for campus chapters
  • Collaboration with other UN-related campaigns and programs to provide high-quality opportunities and information
  • A strong network of thousands of youth advocates for the UN
  • Chapter-based programming in 120 communities, including Global Classrooms Model UN conferences managed as a partnership between community chapters and the national office

Would like to network on

  • Increasing access to Model UN
  • Coordinating and scaling campus chapter resources
  • Youth Delegate program 

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