Jr. Model United Nations - Student Diplomat Program

Registration for the 2023 - 24 Jr. Model United Nations Program has closed! To add your school to an interest list for the 2024 - 25 school year, please contact Kate Whitman Kamara at kkamara@wacphila.org.

Welcome to the Jr. Model United Nations - Student Diplomat Program, a five-month journey (January to May) that introduces over 750 middle school students from the Greater Philadelphia area to international affairs and cultural diplomacy. With an emphasis on developing students’ research, writing, cultural competency, and communication skills, the program helps meet the growing demand for global affairs curricula in local middle schools.

The program offers students an exciting opportunity to examine global conflicts and trends while working together to create promising solutions to some of the world's greatest challenges. This year, our Student Diplomats will research one of the following two topics:

1. Ensuring Access to Clean Water and Sanitation for All

2. Reducing Income Inequality Between & Among Countries

Program goals for students involved in the Jr. Model UN program include: (1) gaining a deeper understanding of world geography, history, and cultures; (2) exploring the mission, structure, and function of the United Nations; (3) applying research and critical thinking skills to specific global issues; (4) learning to write, debate, and amend resolutions; (5) understanding the role of diplomacy and deliberation in international affairs; and (6) developing skills in conflict resolution, problem solving, and cross-cultural communication

In addition to class or club work facilitated by teachers or parents throughout the school year, the Council meets with the middle school students on three separate occasions between January and May, producing three very distinct programs:  The Cultural Diplomacy Conference (January), the Preparatory Conference (February/March), and the Final Conference (May).

If you have any questions about this program, please reach out to  Kate Whitman Kamara, Director of Education Middle School Programs, at kkamara@wachphila.org or at 215-561-4700 ext. 216.