Jr. Model United Nations - Student Diplomat Program

The 2021-2022 Jr. Model United Nations - Student Diplomat program is nearing capacity. Please reach out to Kasey Trapp at ktrapp@wacphila.org or Eric Bumbaca, ebumbaca@wacphila.org for more information and a link to register. 

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. Additionally, it is designed with an emphasis on building cultural competency and diplomatic skills; expanding knowledge of world geography, cultures, and political structures; increasing understanding of how national and international institutions tackle key global issues. 

This year's overall program topic is Sustaining our Global Future, with the two committee topics as: 1) Building the Sustainable Cities of the Future and 2) Creating Sustainable Food Systems. Topic-specific resources, including briefing papers, will be made available in the coming weeks. 

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 Eric Bumbaca, Director of Student Programs, at ebumbaca@wacphila.org or 215-561-4700 ext. 216.