United Nations Summer Camp: Sustainable Development Goals in Action

Grades 6 – 8

Social Studies, Politics, Civics, Civic Engagement, Work Readiness, History, Government, ELA 

United Nations Summer Camp: Sustainable Development Goals in Action is a weeklong virtual summer camp for middle school students interested in learning about global affairs through the work of the United Nations. Participants will step into the shoes of diplomats as they work together to study the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, learn public speaking tips and strategies, and make new friends, all while having fun.

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About the Course:

The 2021 United Nations Summer Camp: Sustainable Development Goals in Action, is a weeklong virtual summer camp for middle school students interested in learning about global affairs through the work of the United Nations. The program will give student participants an opportunity to participate in interactive expert briefings, games, and activities, while honing key skills and collaborating with their peers along the way. The Council’s virtual United Nations Summer Camp will provide students with a mix of live and asynchronous instruction and will end with an action-oriented final program day, guaranteed to empower students with the tools necessary to be agents of change in their schools and local communities. This program welcomes all students in grades 6-8, regardless of their familiarity with the United Nations or Model United Nations.

Several days before the start of the program, registered students will receive access to a program webpage that includes all the resources and materials needed for the program. Students will convene via Zoom and will need access to a computer, reliable internet, and access to the free suite of Google products.

Expected Outcomes:
Participants will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the mission, structure, and function of the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals from our trained Model UN facilitators and expert lecturers;
  • Understand the role of diplomacy and deliberation in international affairs;
  • Hone key Jr. Model UN skills like conflict resolution, problem solving and cross-cultural communication by participating in public speaking activities; 
  • Engage in team-building activities and practice digital literacy through self-paced, asynchronous learning resources; and
  • Step into the role of a diplomat during a formal Model UN simulation.

Additional Information:
The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia’s educational programming supplements the humanities and social studies curricula in area schools by teaching students how to hone their research, writing, critical thinking and public speaking skills. Each program provides a comprehensive learning experience for students that focuses on international affairs and meets nationally recognized educational standards. The
United Nations Summer Camp: Sustainable Development Goals in Action provides the opportunity for the development of students’ abilities to think critically, negotiate, analyze diverse perspectives, communicate effectively, and work to solve problems that arise in everyday life, school, society, and the future workplace.

Subject Matter:
Social Studies, Politics, Civics, Civic Engagement, Work Readiness, History, Government, ELA

Targeted Age Group(s):
Middle School (Grade 6 – 8)

Class Size:
40 Students

Date / Time Offered:
Monday, July 26 – Friday, July 30, 2021

Mon. – Wed. – Fri. Sessions:
9:00 am – 12:45 pm
Tues. – Thurs. Sessions:
Asynchronous learning activities

SI YES Partner World Affairs Council PHL

About the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia:
Believing that Democracy Demands Discourse, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to informing and engaging people of all ages on matters of national and international significance. The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is proud to bring global affairs education to an average of 5,000 people per year through our programming for Philadelphians of all ages and backgrounds. In particular, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia’s educational programming directly reaches an average of 2,500 students in 85 middle schools and high schools in the Greater Philadelphia area each year and has touched the lives of over one million students since the Council’s inception in 1949. 

About the Educator:
Since our founding in 1949, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia has established an award-winning record of providing students and teachers in the greater Philadelphia region with programming aimed at engagement around issues of national and global significance. Our nationally recognized programs introduce a diverse group of middle and high school students to the world of international affairs, diplomacy and foreign policy and equip students with the tools to be impactful citizens participating in the global economy. Most importantly, these programs expose students to civic engagement at a young age and build the foundation needed to help to make them college and career ready. Nonpartisan guest lecturers for the United Nations Summer Camp: Sustainable Development Goals in Action comprise a diverse group of experts from local universities, national non-profits, non-governmental organizations, and a variety of other institutions.

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