Students from L.A. Unified School District and Surrounding Schools Participate in UNA-USA's Global Classrooms Model UN Conference

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Middle and high school participants simulate the work of the United Nations

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This experience has been unparalleled for my students in terms of academic, emotional, and social growth.

More than 300 middle and high school students from the Los Angeles community are attending the United Nations Association of the USA’s Global Classrooms® Los Angeles Model UN Conference today at UCLA. In Model UN, Students role-play as representatives from countries, interest groups and nongovernmental organizations in simulations of UN bodies. Global Classrooms Model UN has amazed schools around the globe with its ability to cultivate global literacy, life skills, and attitudes necessary for active citizenship, showing that students deeply care about the world outside their local community.

“This experience has been unparalleled for my students in terms of academic, emotional, and social growth,” said Mia Kang, teacher, Lawrence Gifted Magnet School. “In middle school, young students are struggling with decisions about who they will eventually become and what mark they will leave in the world. The Global Classrooms program challenges my students to not accept any limitations, and provides a vehicle for them to become global citizens.”

The conference includes simulations of the following UN bodies: the UN Environment Programme; the Commission on Crime Prevention, and Criminal Justice; the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); UN Habitat; and the Security Council.

“Students’ participation in Model UN today will open doors to their futures and help them forge relationships that can last a lifetime,” said UNA-USA Executive Director Patrick Madden. “At the Los Angeles Conference today, we are seeing tomorrow’s leaders in action, working together to solve global problems.”

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The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), a program of the UN Foundation, is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire and mobilize the American people to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations. UNA-USA works to accomplish its mission through its national network of chapters, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA and the UN Foundation create the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. For more information on UNA-USA, visit

Global Classrooms is UNA-USA’s innovative educational program that engages middle school and high school students in an exploration of current world issues through interactive simulations and curricular materials. In 1999, Global Classrooms was created to bridge the gap in the Model UN community between experienced programs and traditionally underserved schools worldwide. The program cultivates global literacy, life skills and attitudes necessary for active citizenship by: engaging students in the exploration of international issues and institutions; supporting educators with professional development and innovative learning resources; and enriching communities by nurturing respect for diverse perspectives. For more information on Global Classrooms, visit

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