What is needed to prepare today’s young people for the future? Opinions vary, but one answer is a good grounding in international affairs. In an increasingly globalized world in which challenges transcend borders, the ability to understand and empathize with other cultures and points of view has become invaluable.

As such, UNA-USA and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA), one of the nation’s oldest historically black sororities, have embarked on a new partnership with the aim of creating global citizens and fostering new audiences to better support the United Nations. The partnership will engage a new generation of “ambassadors” in the vital work of the UN through globally focused workshops and activities, including Model UN simulations. UNA-photo-large

As part of the partnership, UNA-USA has provided AKA regional representatives with training, tools, and resources to empower local chapters of the sorority to bring UN-centered educational programming to local high schools and communities. AKA members now have the resources —including UNA-USA’s innovative Model UN App — they need to organize classroom Model UN simulations, conduct community outreach activities, and celebrate UN milestones including UN Day on October 24. These activities will create new constituencies in support of the UN while educating them on the global impact of the UN’s transformative work.

The Model UN App provides access to mini-simulations, which borrow the best of Model UN and scale the activity to a 60-minute timeframe. In an instant, students are able to take a stance, role play as ambassadors, debate global issues, and represent views and perspectives which are not their own. In an instant they learn.

We look forward to collaborating with AKA to develop in students a life-long interest in global affairs.