Mount Madonna School is pleased to offer a comprehensive Model United Nations program, starting in upper elementary and extending into the middle and high school. The topics to be explored through MUN will include a deep focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), linking current curriculum and community service to the broader Model UN program.
In 2022-23, Mount Madonna School will host two MUN conferences: a One Day Training Conference (ODTC) in October and a two-day MUN conference in the spring. Both events are open to middle and high school students from Santa Cruz, Monterey, Santa Clara and San Benito counties. The MUN program is a student-driven initiative, providing additional leadership opportunities to host meaningful MUN events for their peers in the region.
Model United Nations is a role-playing simulation that has popular appeal around the world. Students assume the role of a foreign diplomat and work with their peers to develop broad consensus-based solutions to pressing global issues. In the process, students learn hard academic skills such as high-level research, policy and resolution drafting and public speaking. Students also learn the art of consensus building and persuasive argumentation. Model UN is also a very social activity, making it an exciting way for young people to make friends and networks around shared interests.
Grade 9-12 students will play a significant role in driving Mount Madonna’s two annual conferences. High school students will participate in regional MUN scrimmages, including travel to UC Berkeley and Stanford’s weekend conferences. Along with the middle school MUN participants, they will develop deeper community action campaigns that align with issues being learned in the Model UN program. MUN at the high school level will include opportunities to interact with the global MUN community via MUN Impact.