By Rachel Hachero
An innovative educational program, the Model United Nations (MUN) places high school and college students into the shoes of United Nations Ambassadors. Since its inception in the 1940s, the organization has seen more than 500,000 participants, including several current UN leaders. For more than 60 years, the organization has helped youth connect to larger global issues by preparing simulations of a UN General Assembly. These competitions take place at both the local and national levels and challenge students’ problem solving, critical thinking, and public speaking skills. The MUN presents students with a situation like a natural disaster or an international conflict and invites them to draft proposals, negotiate with other “countries,” and debate the benefits of their resolutions.
About the author: A former member of the Model United Nations, Rachel Hachero and her fellow team members earned third place at the organization’s Harvard Conference. In her spare time, Ms. Hachero volunteers for Habitat for Humanity International, as well as the Gulf Coast Humane Society.