For over 60 years, UNA-GB has brought insightful global affairs programs to Boston-area participants, now numbering over 5,000 annually.We organize more than two dozen community events each year, from luncheon presentations to networking nights to UN Day celebrations and an international gala with local diplomats and leaders.
Our Model UN Program serves thousands of Massachusetts youth each year. We reached more than 2,300 students in almost 100 schools in both inner-city Boston and surrounding districts in the 2011-2012 academic year (see more details about the impact on students below).
We partner effectively with dozens of organizations and groups across diverse sectors in Boston, including local and national non-profits, NGOs, academic institutions, associations, companies and many more to work towards localizing the global ideals we all share.
Specific Impact of Model UN in the Classroom:
UNA-GB offers a variety of programming to ensure that rigorous opportunities in global education are made available to all students. We offer the following:
· Model UN Conferences: almost 1,000 students served in 80 schools
· Student Workshops and Mini-Simulations: over 300 students per year
· Professional Development Seminars: 4 per year serving over 50 teachers annually
· Classroom Consultation and Site Visits: 1,000 students served in 40 schools
Expanding access to Model UN programs requires a significant investment in classroom-based instruction. The development of high-quality, classroom-friendly materials is our specialty and we are growing our capacity every year.
Watch the video and read the comments below to see how students are directly affected by our Model UN programs.
“Model UN has made me more comfortable with speaking and sharing my opinion with a group of unfamiliar people”---Middle school student
“I learned that there are different countries that have more power, which isn’t really fair because we are all equal, but that’s reality.”---Middle school student
“Model UN has made me take an interest in current events.”---Middle school student
“Model UN opened the door for politics in my life. I’m not sure that I want to be in the UN when I grow up, but I want to be involved in politics and world issues in general. Model UN helps open your eyes” –Middle school student
“What I enjoyed most about the Model UN conference is speaking to other kids about issues in the world that I did not fully understand before now.”
“Preparing for the “real world” is the ultimate goal of education. Giving the students the opportunity to discuss and engage with real world issues not only prepares them to be active citizens but exposes them to valuable skills such as conflict resolutions, compromise, and debate”
“Preparing for the Model UN helped my students develop some really important academic skills, including using technology, breaking down issues into sub-topics, researching and writing about relevant current international issues and public speaking.”
Read about our Model UN Program in our blog:
*A Day as a Refugee: Middle School Simulation April 2011
*Model UN: A Students' Perspective March 2011
*Students make a difference through Model UN Issues! January 2011