Model United Nations | Helping today’s youth become tomorrow’s leaders |

Model United Nations | Helping today’s youth become tomorrow’s leaders

Aidan Anderson, Keely Hoyt
and Dylan Zellers
Special to the Sun
Squaw Valley Preparatory students take part in the Model United Nations event, learning about diplomacy and historic global events.
Courtesy photo |

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — The young delegate walks into the lecture hall and quickly surveys the scene. To his left is a podium and five chairs lined in a row, to his right are 200 empty seats where he will spend the next few days urging the other 150 delegates to agree with his nation’s policy and support his resolution.

Down the hall, a much smaller room seats 20 in a round table setting where each delegate has taken on the role of individuals from the United States Senate. Throughout the course of the weekend “unmoderated caucus” and “motion to table the topic” will be a shared and common vocabulary. This is an example of the life of a MUNer.

The first Model United Nations (MUN) simulation was held in 1927 in Berkeley, Calif. and has since expanded into a world-renowned program from middle school to collegiate level. Students are exposed to an environment where they are expected to diplomatically debate both current world issues and historical events as if they were true United Nations delegates.

By taking on the role of different countries, it creates a challenging and competitive environment where students learn invaluable leadership and communication skills. This program provides a gateway to a world where friendships last a lifetime and memories last forever.

MUN is a conference similar to the United Nations in which students participate as delegates to various UN Committees.

Participants research and formulate political positions based on the actual policies of the countries they represent. Now, if you wanted to sound like a true United Nations ambassador who spent your entire childhood reading encyclopedias and watching the news, you might say that. However, the students of MUN are much more than that.

They make it possible to bring an approach to an issue that otherwise might never see the light of day. It also makes it possible for the students of today to be educated in the goings on of the entire world and understand how it feels to be another person. Talk about wearing many hats. The students of MUN are the future leaders of the world and certainly the leaders of today’s youth.

Squaw Valley Preparatory Model United Nations (SVPMUN) embodies the principles of this program in every aspect of its learning environment. The students of SVP have participated in two MUN simulations, one hosted by UCLA, and the other by UC Berkeley. Soaring beyond all expectations, both these simulations have resulted in honorable mentions for Security Council delegates, who despite being the only freshman in their committee, managed to hurl flaming balls of competency into the midst of the competition.

Not only managing to keep up with the intellectual level of the other people in committee, but contributing to raise solutions to real, current issues, such as the conflict in the Ukraine, these students not only surpassed all expectations of their teachers and peers, but also exceeded many of their own.

Today’s youth are tomorrow’s world leaders, and the students of SVP’s MUN are well on their way to becoming these leaders.

Whether in a school, a community, or a nation, the kids lucky enough to have learned and grown through the MUN experience are already molded to be the men and women who will be active participants in helping their community — and their world — in any way they can.

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