Looking to the Future: How to Expand Model UN to Middle Schools

Model UN has offered countless benefits to high school and university students, both academically and socially, including improving public speaking, debate, and research skills. However, Model UN is often overlooked in middle schools, especially in middle schools that are unaffiliated or unconnected to local high schools. Many middle school teachers have either not heard of Model UN or are not sure how to start and train a team. What is the best solution to this issue? Have local high school and university Model UN teams start a team themselves! The purpose of this article is to teach high school/university club leaders how to start and lead a middle school Model UN team.

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Finding a Local Middle School

The first step that needs to be taken to start a middle school team is to identify local middle schools that do not currently have a Model UN team. The initial point of contact in this process is the school administration, usually the Principal, Assistant Principal, or Club Coordinator. Then, you will likely be referred to social studies or world language teachers who have displayed interest in serving as an advisor for the team. Effective communication with interested teachers is key to maintain interest, so it is recommended, in addition to email, to schedule an in-person meeting with interested teachers to explain what Model UN is and your vision and plans for the team, and to address any questions or concerns that they potentially have. This process will likely be different for each school, but these are typically the main actions that need to be taken to gain school approval for starting the team. After gaining approval and securing a team advisor, work with the advisor and other teachers to advertise to the students. Create advertising materials such as posters and flyers to distribute to students and create a video or write an advertisement that teachers could show to their students.

Training

The training process for middle school teams has several key distinguishing factors when compared to high school and collegiate training. It is likely that students aged 11-14 are not as aware of the current events and pressing global issues that are typically discussed in Model UN committees. It is also possible that these students are not sure of what the United Nations actually does, or what it even is! This is why it is crucial to explain the basics of the United Nations during the training process. However, during the initial training sessions, it is best to focus on simple non-MUN related topics. Examples of such topics include the school dress code policy or who should be the Super Bowl halftime performer. These topics require little to no research, as they mainly rely on prior knowledge or opinions, and allow the training to be focused on understanding parliamentary procedure and public speaking skills. After this, more relevant yet simple MUN topics may be introduced, such as climate change, poverty, and food security, where the focus of training will have a greater emphasis on research and debate skills.

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Conferences

After completing training, members will probably want to attend an actual conference. However, there’s only one issue: there is a severe lack of middle school conferences outside of large metropolitan areas. If this is the case, hosting your own mini-conferences are a great option! Hosting 1-day informal conferences for the team offer a variety of benefits to both the middle school team and the mentor high school/collegiate team. The middle school team will benefit from this by being able to participate in a locally-based conference for little to no cost, while mentor team will gain significant experience in conference organizing. This serves as a valuable opportunity to train members of the mentor team for chairing and conference secretariat positions, thus providing more knowledge and experience that can be applied to hosting your own high school/collegiate conference. You can also invite other local middle school teams or novice high school delegates to attend the conference, allowing members of your middle school team to gain exposure to the local circuit, thus further preparing middle school students to enter the high school Model UN circuit.

Conclusion

By starting a Model UN team at local middle schools, you can ensure that students will be prepared to jump right into Model UN at the high school level. Students will also be significantly more qualified and experienced to hold club and conference leadership positions sooner in their high school Model UN careers. It also expands the local middle school circuit and increases the amount of participants in the high school and collegiate circuit. And most importantly, students will be sooner equipped with the various skills offered by participating in Model United Nations.

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Greetings, fellow MUN enthusiasts!

IMG_6772My name is Rose Jacobs, and it is my pleasure to serve as the Editor of Best Delegate’s MUNI Alumni Media Team for the 2017-18 year. Best Delegate, and my time as both camper and staff at the MUN Institute in particular, played an important role in my growth as both a delegate and a person, and I’m excited have an opportunity to share this passion with the rest of the MUN community. The diverse, enthusiastic, and incredible group of Media Associates working on the MUNI Alumni Team feel the same way — we are all looking forward to an amazing year of articles, listicles, quizzes, videos, webinars, and so much more as we share our love of the MUN Institute with the rest of the Best Delegate family!

To introduce myself, I am a freshman in the Dual BA program between Sciences Po and Columbia University currently living in Reims, France, though I grew up in Chicago and it will always be my first home. I’ve been a part of the Best Delegate team for the past couple of years, first as a member of the MUNI Alumni Board back in 2015-16, then as a Media Associate for Training Content. I attended the MUNI Ambassador Program at Georgetown the summer of 2015 and worked as a Residential Counselor last summer; my time at MUNI introduced me to some of my most fond memories and closest friends. Regarding general MUN experience, I’ve attended over 26 conferences as a delegate everywhere from China to India to Washington, D.C. and have served as the Secretary-General of three conferences on top of that, including the largest conference for middle school delegates in the Midwest. But this article isn’t about me — it’s about the amazing team of Media Associates who will be working with me to produce exciting, engaging content for everyone from MUNI Alumni to those still thinking about attending the MUN Institute.

If you ever want to contact me for any reason, my door is always open at rose@bestdelegate.com. I’m looking forward to an awesome school year!

Cassidy Baratta – Media Associate 

Cassidy Baratta is 15 years old and lives in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. She is a sophomore at HopkintonScreen Shot 2017-11-07 at 1.06.13 PM High School. She joined her school’s Model UN club in the winter of her freshman year, and over the past year, she has grown a passion for Model UN. She followed this passion through her freshman year by attending the UMASS conference and Westwood Crisis Conference, as well as attending the MUNI Ambassadors session at Harvard University over the summer. Recently, she was given opportunity to be the vice president of her school’s Model UN organization for the upcoming year, and plans on attending many conferences as well as another session with MUNI in the upcoming year. This is Cassidy’s first year serving as an intern for Best Delegate, and she is very excited to be a MUNI Alumni Media Associate for the upcoming year!

Lexi Rothschild-Edwards – Media Associate

IMG_2166-300x209Lexi is currently a high school senior who hopes to study international relations and economics in college next year. Since her freshman year of high school, her love for MUN has shaped her passion for global politics and human rights. After participating in the MUNI Diplomat and Crisis programs at Columbia University in 2015 and 2016, respectively, Lexi went on to win numerous awards in both General Assembly and Crisis committees. This summer, she attended the Yale Model UN Institute, a selective international relations and Model UN program for high school students offered by the Yale International Relations Association. Motivated by her public speaking, debate, and leadership experience from Model UN, Lexi recently implemented a Mock Trial program at her high school and looks forward to leading her team in its first statewide tournaments later this year. Additionally, Lexi serves as the Deputy Communications Director for Social Media at World for Refugees, a global youth-based organization dedicated to raising the profile of the refugee crisis worldwide. Lexi is extremely excited to join the Best Delegate MUNI Alumni Team this year!

Anusha Tummallapalli – Media Associate 

IMG_0658 (1)Anusha Tummallapalli is a senior at Marvin Ridge High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. She serves as the founding President and Head-Delegate of her Model UN team. Anusha is a two-time alumna of the MUN Institute, enrolled in the Diplomat program in 2016 and the Secretary-General program in 2017. Her favorite aspect of Model UN, besides learning about pressing global issues and meeting interesting people, is chairing and conference organizing and hopes to further pursue this interest during her collegiate Model UN career. While her MUN experience as a delegate so far has consisted of traditional committees, she is interested in exploring crisis committees and Press Corps in future conferences. Outside of Model UN, Anusha enjoys photography and videography, traveling, and learning new languages. She is currently a student in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and is interested in pursuing a degree in International Relations in university. Anusha is looking forward to work with Best Delegate and the Media Team!

Daniel Ordonez – Media Associate 

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Born American in Laredo, TX and raised in Reynosa, Mexico by two Mexican parents, I got into MUN freshman year after a short stint in debate club where I realized I liked MUN more than formal debate and started the MUN club at my school. I became Secretary-General for the next 2 years and attended the MUN Institute in the Diplomat and Ambassador programs.  During those programs, I met a lot of people, some whom have become great friends, and got the full MUNI experience. I’m currently a high school junior and advisor to the Secretary-General of my MUN club. Outside of MUN, I also love cars and am a huge Formula 1 fan.

 

 

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Running a One Day – Glenbrook South High School (GBSMUN III)

The following article was written by the Secretary General of GBSMUN III, Yoana Sidzhimova.

When I first think of one day Model UN conferences, the most significant memory that stands out to me is the terror I once felt in attending them; this is because of how good the local teams would be and the transition I have made to being this year’s GBSMUN III Secretary General. I say this because I think all veteran Model UN delegates have the same emotions towards one day conferences, a shift from fear that we would not be good enough in the beginning to a feeling of appreciation and gratitude because of the growth we have been able to see in ourselves.

 

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The delegate of France speaking in the IAEA

This year, the Glenbrook South High School Model UN Conference was held on April 15th, 2017. Our conference was attended by 185 delegates and hosted nine committees: five general assemblies (The World Health Organization; The DIsarmament and International Security Committee; The International Atomic Agency; The Social Cultural and Humanitarian Committee; and The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights), two crisis committees (The Security Council and The Aztec Empire of 1519) and  one joint crisis committee (The JCC Cuban Missile Crisis with the Soviet Politburo and Executive Committee of the National Security Council).

 

Glenbrook South prides itself on the intimate yet well prepared committees we host each year. Rather than creating a plethora of crisis committees that would be difficult to manage from the perspective of crisis staff, we create very specific and well orchestrated crisis committees due to the amount of committees we provide. We believe this creates a better learning environment for the delegates attending our conference, offering them a crisis experience that follows through for the entire conference.

 

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Secretary General Yoana Sidzhimova

Without a doubt, what makes GBSMUN so successful is both simple yet crucial: dedication. Dedication factors in two significant ways, through the time put into developing the conference and selecting a Secretariat that is equally invested. Traditionally, the GBS MUN team begins planning for our conference upon the first board meeting of the new board for the upcoming year in May- eleven months before the conference will actually occur. When preparation begins early, a heightened attention to all intricacies that form a conference is inevitable. When becoming Secretary General, what I valued most was the advice I acquired from previous secretary generals of Glenbrook South and other local high schools- so here are some of my most important pointers:

 

1.Quality over quantity.

From facilitating dias evaluations at our conference, I noticed a trend in favorable feedback regarding the amount of committees we offered and the effort put into them. I believe a delegates experience is more positive with committees that demonstrate the time put into them. Hosting many committees with crises that do not get as much attention will make delegates want more attention and angry with the strung out nature of the committee’s staffers.

2.Set due dates for secretariat members and keep with them!

For our conference, we created target dates for the following milestones in developing our conference: committee preferences for chairs, topic submission, first draft of background guides, second draft of background guides, and final draft of background guides with format review. Making check-in dates ensures all work that needs to be done is being completed and relieves unnecessary headaches that could arise closer to the conference!

3.Communication is key.

It sounds cliche but I think it’s incredibly important. For our conference, I made a goal of communicating with our entire secretariat once or twice a month through email in order to keep everyone aware of what is coming up and what needs to be completed. We also created group chats through iMessage and GroupMe between crisis, the dais staff, and myself to discuss how things are going both in preparation and on the day of.

4. Plan in advance.

While this might be a broad statement, I think it is most applicable in regards to planning successful crisis committees for a one-day conference. For GBSMUN, all crisis dais’ were required to prepare three potential crises for both topics, to be able to influence debate in a certain way, the preparation included: the form of the crisis (newspaper article, skype call, visit to committee, etc.), the props needed to complete the crisis, a brief description of the crisis, and a goal for the crisis to determine relevancy to the committee. On the day of, crisis staff is pulled in a thousand different directions- having a preset plan for at least the beginning of your conference allows crisis staffers more time to prepare and develop better crises for the duration of the entire day.

5. All hands on deck…

…especially two hours before the conference is finished. The last two hours of your one-day conference will be high strung, but it is possible to avoid forgetting an important aspect to ending your conference right. First, I suggest setting a time deadline for awards and locking a google document at the said time, to ensure that all chairs have submitted their awards before the deadline. Second, assign separate individuals to the following tasks: completing a google slide presentation with award templates with correct award winners, printing all awards, checking all awards are correct, counting points of schools to determine winners (if you award delegations), and communicating with dias staffers on how awards will be given out. The awards ceremony is the final impression you are able to give of your conference, make sure to do everything in your power to portray a final great impression!

You might have thought that one day conferences are not that difficult to organize because of the longer travel conferences you have attended, but if you are hosting a one day conference you need to forget this mindset. While it might seem as if one day conferences are easy to orchestrate, they will function fluidly with a mindset which believes they do not require much work. It is your job to put in the hard work and time to make your conference successful to make it look effortlessly executed to other teams on the day of. You’ve got this!

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Advisor Institute Interview with Chad Wright

Last Friday marked the end of the Advisor Institute at Georgetown University. The Advisor Institute, which is part of the Model United Nations Institute, allows advisors to simulate their students’ MUN experience and learn information that can greatly improve their club. Although we could tell you all about the Advisor Institute, it is better coming from someone who actually attended it!

Chad Wright is a History and Social Sciences Teacher at Kettle Run High School in Fauquier County, Virginia.  In addition, he serves as the Model United Nations Advisor at Kettle Run.  Mr. Wright established the Kettle Run High School Model UN team in 2009 as a way to expand on the geopolitics course he was teaching at the time.  It was a way for students to expand class discussions and debate on International Relations beyond the structure of the course into a club format.  In 2013, the club had some ambitious students who wanted to take the club to the next level by creating a team to compete on the Northern Virginia Model UN Circuit.  Since 2013, Kettle Run has attended over 25 conferences in the Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia region.  Mr. Wright recently attended the Best Delegate MUN Advisor Institute at Georgetown University in hopes to learn the processes of Model UN to become a better advisor and coach to help his students build their academic skills and continue growing the Model UN program.

What did your week at the Advisor Institute consist of?

Throughout the week we learned what it is like to be in our students shoes in preparing for a Model UN conference.  At times it felt like a pressure cooker that students are often put in to complete their research and papers in a timely manner, especially first time delegates. This was a valuable learning experience as it will help to make us better coaches as MUN Advisors because we now know what it feels like from a student perspective. We learned all aspects of the Model UN process: What MUN is, Why do you do it, research, hosting a conference, and building a club. We also learned the SPEAR (Speeches, Programs, Events, Agreements, and Reports) process which allowed us to learn the fully optimized research process and simulate an actual conference experience.  In regards to public speaking a big takeaway was the Hook, Point, and Action that Ryan Villanueva taught us.  Outside of the MUN classroom setting, the advisors from around the world were able to network with each other, debate ideas about developing clubs, and cultivating a culture of student leadership. Finally, we participated in a DACOR (an organization of foreign affairs professionals) event which allowed the advisors to meet retired foreign service officers to speak on foreign affairs and Model UN.

Why do you think it is important to simulate what your students go through every conference?

Simulating the conference experience really helps advisors become better coaches for the students. Knowing what our students go through during their process leading up to a conference can help foster development of new members as well as experienced delegates. The idea of learning the process from the beginning to end allows the advisors to better recruit and explain MUN to school administrators and community partners.

What sparked your interest in going and enabled you to attend the Advisor Institute?

What piqued my interest in the MUN Advisor Institute was when one of our delegates attended the Best Delegate Crisis Program last summer at Columbia University.  I witnessed improvement in the performance of this delegate in all aspects of Model UN especially in regards to leadership.  In January, I signed up for the program and applied for a grant from our local education foundation that provides grants to teachers to attend high quality professional development opportunities.  In partnership with the Fauquier Excellence in Education Foundation, I was awarded a grant in April to attend the MUN Advisor Institute.  I want to thank Best Delegate and the Fauquier Excellence in Education Foundation for affording me this high quality professional development experience.  Their support in this unique experience will directly impact our students at Kettle Run and Fauquier County Public Schools.

How do you see the Advisor Institute benefiting you and your club moving forward?

The path forward for Kettle Run Model United Nations focuses on effectively training our delegates through the MUN process in partnership with Best Delegate.  Our goal for the 2017-2018 academic school year is to build our club in order to host our first annual conference: KRUNMUNI.  Networking and working with Best Delegate will help open the door for our students to Model United Nations in elementary, middle, and high schools in Fauquier County Public Schools.

Would you recommend attending the Advisor Institute to other teachers/advisors? If so, why?

I would highly recommend attending the MUN Advisor Institute to other teachers/advisors interested in developing a club or applying what they learn to their classrooms.  The value of learning about MUN from Best Delegate as well as the shared passion in networking with other advisors from around the world is a worthwhile experience and helps foster professional development.  More importantly though is the academic skills that our students gain from Model UN which is instrumental to their futures.  Model UN empowers students to build their skills in communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.  These skills create leaders that are resilient, goal directed, and ethical global citizens who become problem solvers to our global issues.   Model UN teaches future skills that employers want from their employees.  Model UN students are college-, career-, and civic-ready to enter our increasingly globalized world and workforce.


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My Model UN Story: Joey Moore

My name is Joey Moore. I am a rising Senior at Kettle Run High School in Northern Virginia, and I have worked as a Media Associate, Editor, and Article Coordinator for Best Delegate.

I joined Model UN at the beginning of my Sophomore year. My first year we went to around 6 conferences, the majority of which were high school level. When we went our first university conference I decided it was time I try something I had heard a lot about: a crisis committee.

Best DelegateMy first crisis committee was a simulation of the Spanish Morocco War and got me completely hooked. I realized I loved crisis committees but wanted to get better, and that was when I found out about the MUN Institute. I decided to attend the Crisis Program at Columbia University during the Summer between my Sophomore and Junior year.

The MUN Institute was definitely the best thing to happen to my Model UN career. Over that week, I learned everything there is to know about MUN and developed better communication and public speaking skills. I also made friendships with people around the globe that I still keep up with today. What really made the week great was the fact that we were being taught by university level delegates that we could relate to. 

Following MUN Institute I was much more confident and had more fun when I went to conferences. One day on the MUNI Alumni Facebook page I had seen that they were looking for Media Associate interns to post articles. Because I was passionate about Model UN I knew this was something I would love to do.

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Since then I have used my skills I learned at MUNI to win Best Delegate awards at some of the biggest conferences, but more importantly I have had the chance to gain experience through my internship and post articles on this website. Because of MUNI I have had the chance to work on a team and write content about something I love. Without MUNI I wouldn’t have the opportunities I have today and wouldn’t feel nearly as confident when at conferences. MUNI has helped develop me as a person and my club as a whole, and is something that I attribute a lot of my success to.

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Survey: The Best Way to Choose MUN Leaders

Model UN is full of leaders with varying amounts of power and responsibility. Whether it’s the head delegate for a travel team, the leader of a high school MUN club, or the Secretary-General of an international conference, choosing the right person for the job can be crucial. That’s why MUN organizations have different processes for choosing their leaders, and why each system has its own supporters and opponents. In this article, we’ll compare two common systems:

The “Open” System

This format uses open, student government-like elections to decide who will be in charge of the group. Candidates will often be allowed to give brief speeches highlighting their qualifications for the job and any awards they’ve won in MUN that distinguish them from other delegates. After considering each candidate, members of the group will vote to decide who fills the leadership positions, with the intention of giving everyone a voice and rewarding new ideas.

The “Closed” System

Instead of an open election, this system uses a more selective process in which the leaders are chosen by a smaller, closed group. The group often consists of the current leadership who are picking their successors and/or faculty advisors. By carefully considering each candidate, this process is meant to pick the most qualified individual(s) for the position.

With benefits and drawbacks for both systems, we sent out a survey to see which ones MUN Institute Alumni and Best Delegate staff have used, and what they think is the most fair and effective way to fill MUN leadership positions. Here are the results.

“Which system does your current MUN imageteam/club use?” 

Half of the participants labeled the “closed” process as the one used by their current or  most recent MUN organization, with open elections only appearing in 30% of the sampled cases. Additionally, some responses mentioned a combination of the two systems, with elections used for school clubs or travel teams and a closed process used for the secretariats of large conferences.

 

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Here, participants could freely write about which system they think is best, with the majority advocating for a closed, selective process or some combination of both systems. Only 20 percent of participants preferred open elections, citing the advantages of allowing new ideas and having a leader with a majority of the group’s support, saying, “…a popular leader makes the club less likely to die out, since any major decisions will likely hold the consensus of the group.”

Proponents of a closed process citing the importance of choosing smart, qualified leaders over popular delegates with the most awards. According to one response, “having a closed selection process with club advisors and current leaders grants an opportunity for a more broad evaluation of the candidates as a whole. Not every MUN club member has the time and energy to evaluate their future leaders. Oftentimes the person with the most awards can easily be assumed as ‘the obvious choice’ to vote for, completely neglecting other essential qualities for a good leader: empathy, vision, and stress-management.”

One-quarter of respondents preferred a combination of both systems, where the current leadership makes the final decision on a short list of elected candidates. One answer even involved using both systems in different contexts, noting, “While MUN travel team/organization leadership works well with an open election system for positions like Head Delegate and President, Secretariats are much more complicated to plan. A closed selection process for conference Secretariats is preferable because it allows people’s strengths and weaknesses to be evaluated on a real level in regards to conference planning – it’s not just a popularity contest. ”

Opinion Poll

Here, participants were asked to consider five statements and rank them on a scale from “completely disagree” to “completely agree.” Here are the results of those questions:

 

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey!

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Meet the MUN Institute Program Managers

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The MUN Institute is a huge endeavor – so many people put in hard work all year round so that our students have unforgettable experiences each summer. The MUN Institute Program Managers are especially dedicated – they serve as the directors for each program and location, and they have been trained to ensure that the MUN Institute is a safe, fun, and educational environment for every student. They work in conjunction with the rest of our staff, including the Program Directors, MUN Mentors, and Residential Counselors.

First up is Ibrahim El-Kazaz, an Egyptian American currently living in Istanbul, Turkey. Over the past 6 years, he has attended various Model UN Simulations across the globe and has experience with a number of different MUN formats including THIMUN, North American, and UN4MUN procedures. First trained by Best Delegate in 2014, Ibrahim has gone on to teach Model UN in India and South Korea.

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Ibrahim delivering a speech at the United Nations Headquarters for WIMUN 2017.

In February of this year, Ibrahim served as the Secretary-General of the WFUNA International Model United Nations (WIMUN) conference, for which over 1,000 came to New York City to discuss global issues. The Secretary-General of a conference is in charge of managing staff, coordinating logistics, and ensuring that all delegates have a safe and unforgettable educational experience.

Ibrahim also has extensive experience teaching Model UN in the United States. He served as a MUN Mentor at the MUN Institute during the summer of 2016, and is greatly looking forward to serving as a Program Manager this summer. In addition, Ibrahim also served as the head of MUN Training in his university in Istanbul, and worked as the Assistant Director of THIMUN Online MUN for three years.

Regarding how MUN has shaped Ibrahim’s life, he said that, “MUN has given me a lot of self confidence, and helped me discover that I want to live a fulfilling life filled with travel and helping others. Teaching MUN helped me realize I want to teach in the future as well. And traveling and teaching MUN has meant that I’ve met people around the world that have opened my eyes and allowed me to see a lot of the world. I’m always grateful to everything MUN has taught me as well as all of the opportunities it has offered me over the years.”

Next up is Lala Kumakura, who has lived in many countries including Brazil and Japan, but currently resides in New York City. Despite moving around frequently, one thing has remained constant in her life: Model UN. Lala has founded and led Model UN programs for both the high school and collegiate level in different countries. She has over 8 years of MUN leadership experience, during which she served as MUN Club President at Fordham University and Director-General of FORMUNC.

Last year, Lala traveled to Kolkata, India in order to work on various community service projects.

Last year, Lala traveled to Kolkata, India in order to work on various community service projects.

Currently, Lala is serving as an NGO Youth Representative to the United Nations, where she regularly attends high-level UN briefings and events, take part in planning meetings with other youth representatives, and strengthens relationships between the UN and the greater New York City community. Lala is also a Team Director for the recently-established non-profit organization World for Refugees, which is a youth-led, refugee-led campaign dedicated to raising awareness for the global refugee crisis throughout the world and providing a platform for refugees to share their stories.

Lala served as a MUN Mentor for the 2016 MUN Institute, and has served as the Editor of MUNI Alumni & Community on Best Delegate’s Media Team since last fall. A proud alumna of the MUN Institute herself, Lala is very much looking forward to being a Program Manager at the program this summer.

On Lala’s Model UN experience, she says that, “Especially with the MUN Institute, Model UN has helped me gain confidence and learn about leadership. Whether I am presenting a project or interning at the UN Headquarters, I have been able to apply Model UN skills in ways that I never would have imagined. I am thrilled to work with our talented staff to create a fun and enriching experience for our students!”

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Model UN and Senior Year

It is that time of year for seniors in high school all around the world. It is time where all the hard work, sacrifice, and dedication boils down into one decision. It is the decision that will tell you whether or not you’ve been accepted or denied into the college of your choice. So image this: all the hard work and all the sacrifice is all bent into just a few words? This the inevitable fate that high school seniors have always faced. It is the mixture of confusion, anxiety, and all emotions in between. But it is a part of reality and a truth which cannot be altered. As a senior myself, in the midst of waiting for college decisions to come out, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t stressed and worried. Senior year in high school is the last part of youth and adolescence. From here on there is no more seeing the same advisory in the mornings, no more buying back to school supplies, and no more coming to same school for another year of high school. All those childhood memories are something that one takes with them when they go off to college. This is a situation that I, like many seniors, am facing right now.

College applications and high school work are intertwined, which makes focusing on Model UN that much more difficult. In my case, my college list was already long to begin with and it changed throughout the year. With that, it has also been arduous balancing the effort that goes into college applications with regular high school work. This year, in many ways the work load has overwhelmed me and at times I could not cope with all the stress. I found myself doubting that I could manage all the responsibilities that I had to do.

Now the question that comes to mind is: with all the pressure of college applications and regular school work, how does one have time to do such a challenging activity such as Model UN? In my experience, I would say one really needs to be aware of time management and how to balance a schedule. One of the many lessons that I’ve learned this year is to be thorough with how you spend time doing tasks for school as well as for yourself. As Model UN has been a huge influence on my life, I wanted to get the most out of this year by participating in all of the collegiate conferences that my school was going to as well as one high school conference. This year in particularly, my school had around 30 members for its Model UN club which is the biggest yet. Being the Co-Head of my school’s Model UN club added a little more pressure. With this in mind, I wanted to focus on having an impact on the club as a leader. Something that I constantly emphasized in my college applications was about giving back and mentoring new members of my school’s team to foster a similar interest and appreciation for Model UN that I have. Whether it was sharing a favorite memory of doing Model UN as a freshmen or doing a fun public speaking exercise, I feel as though I bonded with the members of our club, particularly the freshmen. I was lucky to say the least, but I still had to be responsible for completing my college applications along with my school work.

One of the many challenges about doing Model UN in senior year is trying to be committed to everything. The fun and entertainment of Model UN becomes outweighed by the pressure that school and college applications bring. Participating in my final collegiate conference was an emotional moment  as I realized that I would never participate in another Model UN conference as a high school student. The complex dynamic of trying to balance Model UN with college applications and school work is gone for me now. However, the enjoyment of participating in Model UN never goes away and neither does helping other people become stronger and confident delegates as well. While nowadays, I am no longer preparing to debate about issues such as environmental degradation for a General Assembly or thinking about strategies in a Crisis committee, there is still a passion to do Model UN.

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5 Reasons to Enroll in the Model UN Institute

Winter is finally over, and summer is almost here! As the school year is winding down, you’re probably thinking about all of the adventures you’ll be having this summer break. One of the best decisions you can make for this summer is to join over 900 of your peers to learn about leadership and diplomacy at the MUN Institute!

The last day to register and guarantee enrollment in your top choice program and location is Monday, May 1st.
Here are 5 reasons why you should register for the MUN Institute today:

1. Make new friends from around the world

Last year, the MUN Institute welcomed over 720 delegates from over 40 countries – and this year’s students will be even more diverse! Past students have hailed from China, Brazil, Singapore, Turkey, India, France, Peru, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, and many more. By living and learning with students from all around the world, MUN Institute campers are exposed to new cultures, traditions, and viewpoints. MUN Institute alumni make lasting friendships with their fellow campers, and stay in touch year after year. Many of them later reunite when they go to college!

2. Gain leadership skills & enhance your confidence

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Our main goal at the MUN Institute is to provide students with the confidence to succeed in MUN, school, college, and their careers. Model United Nations teaches students how to improve their leadership and communication skills, and it improves their confidence in themselves. Throughout our week-long programs, campers will learn about public speaking, negotiation, diplomacy, and more – skills that naturally enhance their leadership and communication skills. By the end of the week, all students go home having been transformed into more confident young leaders!

3. Experience life on a college campus

College campuses are centers for intellectual and academic exploration – they’re the perfect setting for young students who want to learn more about the world. This year, the MUN Institute is taking place at Harvard University, Georgetown University, U.C.L.A., and Southwestern University. These amazing schools all have beautiful campuses that are overflowing with energy and passion for learning. By living in college dormitories and learning in college classrooms, our campers get a feel for what it’s like to experience life on a college campus, and all of the exciting challenges that it provides.

4. Learn from passionate MUN educators

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The MUN Institute is special due to the passion and dedication of our educators! The Program Managers, MUN Mentors, and Residential Counselors are all incredible college students that have years of MUN experience as award-winning, delegates, committee chairs, conference organizers, and club leaders. They are students at the worlds top colleges and universities, including Harvard, Georgetown, the London School of Economics, Columbia, George Washington University, and more! Every single MUN Institute camper receives daily individual feedback from their MUN Mentor, and we maintain an overall staff-to-student ratio of 1-to-12 to ensure every camper’s safety and academic experience. Click here to learn more about our amazing staff members!

5. Have an amazingly fun summer!

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We know that you have a choice when it comes to summer activities – jobs, internships, sports camps, other academic camps – and the list goes on. But we know that the MUN Institute is perfect for any student interested in MUN, international relations, diplomacy, and countless other areas of interest. All of our campers have an incredibly fun experience at the MUN Institute – in 2016, over 720 students gave the MUN Institute an average rating of 4.8 out of 5, making it the highest-rated summer program of its kind in North America. Our number one goal is to provide a fun, educational, and safe experience for all students, and we are achieving our goal!


More Information about the MUN Institute

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Model United Nations StrategyHere at the MUN Institute and Best Delegate, we strive to offer amazing resources for Model United Nations delegates, educators, and parents. We want MUN to be accessible to every student around the world, and it’s our mission to achieve that goal.

This month, we’ve been re-launching our free, downloadable guides to better serve the MUN community. These guides are chock full of great information for members of the community – we’ve got guides for beginners, intermediate delegates, advanced delegates, and even parents!

Today, we’re launching our Ambassador Guide for Advanced MUN Delegates. After reading this guide, any student will be able to use advanced Model UN strategies to excel in any specialized or General Assembly committee. Readers will learn how to assess what chairs want to see in committee, how to practice advanced public speaking skills, how to write high-quality resolutions and position papers, and so much more!


Click here to get your free copy of the Ambassador Guide for Advanced MUN Delegates!

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