Through our middle school Education programs, the World Affairs Council seeks to introduce students to the topics of international relations, current events, and diplomacy while developing their critical thinking, research, and interpersonal skills.
The Council’s primary middle school program is our Jr. Model United Nations – Student Diplomat Program, which has given Philadelphia-area students the opportunity to step into the role of diplomats from around the world and create solutions to some of today’s most pressing global issues since the early years of our organization’s founding.
The Jr. Model UN program is complimented by the Global Smarts Mentoring Program, a rigorous global literacy tutoring program that pairs college-level student mentors with middle school students participating in the Jr. Model UN program.
Finally, beginning in July 2021, the Council now offers a third middle school Education program each summer, the United Nations Summer Camp, for individual students interested in spending a week learning more about world affairs and the United Nations through activities and simulations led by Council staff and a variety of expert speaker briefings and workshops.
COVID-19 Health and Safety Policy: The Council is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for all in-person Education programs, which includes a vaccine mandate for all participating students and teachers. In order to best accommodate the needs of our member schools, the Council is offering both in-person and virtual program options for all 2021-2022 Education programs. Learn more here.
Questions? Please reach out to Eric Bumbaca, Director of Student Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 215-561-4700 ext. 216
January, 2022 - Multiple Dates
Produced in partnership with the Penn Museum, student delegates explore the importance of cross-cultural understanding and diplomacy through collaborative presentations conducted by the Council and the Museum. The Cultural Diplomacy Conference will offer only virtual program options for participating schools.
Late February / Early March, 2022 - Multiple Dates
Student delegates will meet with Council staff to participate in an intensive virtual prep session that includes an introduction to the United Nations, writing and amending resolutions, and a substantive topic briefing by an expert.
May, 2022 - Multiple Dates
Student delegates attend the Jr. Model United Nations Final Conference, where they present, debate, amend and vote on final resolutions aimed at improving the lives of people around the world. This culminating event puts into practice the knowledge and skills that students have accumulated over the course of this five-month journey through the Jr. Model UN program. The Final Conference will feature both in-person and virtual program options for participating schools.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Teachers joined Council staff for this year's virtual Welcome Back Program to kick off the new school year. This session was dedicated to introducing the Council's signature Jr. Model United Nations - Student Diplomat Program for the upcoming academic year and how the program will be adapted to fit the current educational environment.
Missed the information session? View the presentation slides here!
Monday, July 26 - Friday, July 30, 2021
The 2021 United Nations Summer Camp: Sustainable Development Goals in Action, is a weeklong virtual summer camp for middle school students interested in learning about global affairs through the work of the United Nations. The program will give student participants an opportunity to participate in interactive expert briefings, games, and activities, while honing key skills and collaborating with their peers along the way. Participants will step into the shoes of diplomats as they work together to study the Sustainable Development Goals, learn public speaking tips and strategies, and make new friends while having fun. The Council’s virtual United Nations Summer Camp will provide students with a mix of live and asynchronous instruction and will end with an action-oriented final program day, guaranteed to empower students with the tools necessary to be agents of change in their schools and local communities. This program welcomes all students in grades 6-8, regardless of their familiarity with the United Nations or Model United Nations.
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Middle school students participating in the Council’s 2021 United Nations Summer Camp were asked to get creative and write about what they envisioned for the world and their own lives by the year 2030, in the context of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals.