United Nations Association of the USA Receives $50,000 Grant from The UPS Foundation

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Contribution will help fund UNA-USA’s Global Classrooms Model UN program, which seeks to develop middle and high school students into global citizens

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“The UPS Foundation’s support of UNA-USA affirms the importance of melding current international issues with life skills in traditionally underserved public schools and communities.”

WASHINGTON – (July 11, 2012) – The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) received a $50,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE: UPS). The grant will be used to benefit UNA-USA’s Global Classrooms® Model UN program, which engages middle and high school students around the world on contemporary international issues and institutions in an educational setting, cultivates global literacy, and builds the leadership skills necessary for active citizenship.

Since 1999, Global Classrooms has transformed from a promising national program into an international network, enriching students’ lives around the world. It has become a premiere international education program offering students valuable insight into the growing influence of globalization. The grant helps support 23 Global Classrooms Model UN conferences around the world, engaging more than 25,000 students every year.

“We are grateful to The UPS Foundation for its vision to support programs, like Global Classrooms, that connect today’s youth to the rest of the world,” said UNA-USA Executive Director Patrick Madden. “The UPS Foundation’s support of UNA-USA affirms the importance of melding current international issues with life skills in traditionally underserved public schools and communities.”

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: nonprofit effectiveness; encouraging diversity; community safety; and environmental sustainability.

In 2011, The UPS Foundation distributed more than $45.3 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations or programs such as Global Classrooms and provide support for building stronger communities.

“The UPS Foundation is honored to support UNA-USA’s efforts to teach students to be global citizens by developing literacy skills,” said UPS Foundation President Eduardo Martinez. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”

Global Classrooms Model UN has amazed school leaders around the globe with its ability to show that students deeply care about the world outside their local community. In Model UN, students role-play as ambassadors from UN member states, interest groups, and nongovernmental organizations in a simulation of the United Nations.


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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 http://www.unausa.org/globalclassrooms/.

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 its sister organization the Better World Campaign are the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. For more information on UNA-USA, visit http://www.unausa.org/.

United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight, the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to manage the world of business more efficiently. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at UPS.com and its corporate blog can be found at blog.UPS.com. To receive UPS news direct, visit pressroom.UPS.com/RSS.

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