Middle School United Nations (MSUN) is a program for students in grades 6 - 8 to learn about global issues. Students assume the roles of diplomatic representatives to the United Nations as they consider contemporary international concerns. Through role-play, students gain a greater understanding of world problems and the complexity of international relations.
Students participate in the program through their local delegations. Delegations are formed through YMCAs, schools, churches, or other youth-affiliated programs. Delegations are required to hold weekly or bi-weekly meetings, and the highlight of the program is the state conference in April.
Student delegates research, debate and establish policies, treaties and resolutions. Their main focuses are international issues, including disputes between countries, peacekeeping efforts, border crisis, stabilizing financial markets and dealing with hunger, disease and poverty.
For more information or to find a delegation please visit the YMCA NC Youth and Government website.
Once at the Conference, students take on the roles of their country’s UN representatives, committee chairs, and presiding officers. They get to put their research and newfound knowledge to work as they perform their roles and explore how the United Nations is run.
During the two-day, one-night conference (Friday-Saturday), students debate, argue and have fun alongside 300 other students.