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Junior Diplomats Program

The Junior Diplomats Program - Model United Nations  is a five-month journey (January to May) that introduces over 500 middle school students to international affairs and cultural diplomacy. With an emphasis on developing students’ research, writing, cultural competency, and communication skills, the program helps meet the growing demand for global affairs curricula in local middle schools.

The program offers students a unique opportunity to analyse global conflicts and trends while working together to create promising solutions to some of the world's greatest challenges. Additionally, it is designed with an emphasis on building cultural competency and diplomatic skills; expanding knowledge of world geography, cultures, and political structures; increasing understanding of how national and international institutions tackle key global issues. 

Program goals for students involved in the Junior Diplomats Program include: (1) gaining a deeper understanding of world geography, history, and cultures; (2) exploring the mission, structure, and function of the United Nations; (3) applying research and critical thinking skills to specific global issues; (4) learning to write, debate, and amend resolutions; (5) understanding the role of diplomacy and deliberation in international affairs; and (6) developing skills in conflict resolution, problem solving, and cross-cultural communication. 

In addition to class or club work facilitated by teachers or parents throughout the school year, the World  Council meets with the middle school students on three separate occasions between January and May, producing three very distinct programs:  The Preparatory Meeting (January), the JDP Meeting in New York Meeting (March/April), and the Final Meeting (May).

Resource materials will be made available along with handbooks and mentoring classes held by World Council staff members.

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