United Nations Summer Camp: Sustainable Development Goals in Action

Grades 6 – 8

Social Studies, Politics, Civics, Civic Engagement, Work Readiness, History, Government, ELA 
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia - Model UN Camp

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia United Nations Summer Camp: Sustainable Development Goals in Action is a week-long Model United Nations (Model UN) program open to middle school students in grades 6-8 and open to participants of all Model UN levels.

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia - Model UN Camp

About the Course:
United Nations Summer Camp: Sustainable Development Goals in Action is an optional prerequisite for current or future participation in the Council’s Student Diplomat Program/Jr. Model United Nations Program – a five-month journey (January to May) that introduces around 700 middle school students to international affairs and cultural diplomacy. Through engaging public speaking activities, interactive presentations from expert facilitators, and a formal Model UN simulation, students have the exciting opportunity to examine the work of the United Nations in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals while working together to create promising solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges. The United Nations Summer Camp is open to students with some or no prior experience in Model United Nations and upon meeting the course requirements, participants will earn a certificate of program completion.

Several days before the start of the program, registered students will receive access to a specially designed website that includes all the resources, materials, and links 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 activitiesWo

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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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