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Model UN engages students in an exploration of current global issues through interactive simulations. It cultivates literacy and leadership as young people study complex topics such as sustainable development, peace and security, climate change, global health, and human rights.

Delegates debate international issues, prepare resolutions, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate rules of procedure - all in the interest of mobilizing cooperation to solve problems and effect change.


Students in Model UN think broadly about issues of conflict, ethnic divisions, and global systems. They learn to consider their role in a participatory democracy and how to build solutions at the global and local community levels.  Model UN helps students:

  • Become expert researchers as they investigate societal issues related to specific countries, interest groups and policies;

  • Build analytic skills to separate evidence-based claims versus opinions;  

  • Acquire communication, negotiation and consensus building skills to effect change;

  • Develop public-speaking, writing, and debate skills;

  • Learn to respect contrasting views and cultures as they interact with people who are different from themselves;

  • Identify international, national and local strategies for community development. 


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Miami Dade Model UN (MDMUN)  is a partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), the 4th largest public school district in the U.S.  Annually, more than 1,200 middle and high school delegates from South Florida schools participate. MDMUN is staffed by volunteers from University of Miami and Miami Dade College.

MDMUN High School 

March 3-4, 2023 (Fri-Sat)

MDMUN Middle School

March 11, 2023 (Sat)

Pinellas County Model UN  (PCMUN)  operates in partnership with Pinellas County Schools (PCS), Florida's 7th largest public school district. Annually, we bring together more than 500 middle and high school delegates on the Gulf Coast. PCMUN is staffed by volunteers from St. Petersburg College, University of South Florida, and the University of Tampa.

PCMUN Middle & High School 

March 31, 2023 (Fri)


Model UN meets Common Core and Sunshine State Standards for Social Studies, History, and English Language Arts. It integrates the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies Standards. 

Our online resources and workshops can help bring Model into the classroom or help you prepare for a conference. 

Model UN Skills Building

Lessons and handouts

Teacher Professional Development

Model UN Delegate Preparation


Established in 2013, Foundations for Leadership is broadening the Model UN community by working with educational institutions and partners to provide classroom resources, teacher professional development, and local Model UN conferences. 

For decades, Model UN has thrived in highly selective schools and universities – institutions with resources to match a strong interest. We believe all students, regardless of means or background, should have access to programs that enrich them academically, as future professionals, and as global citizens. We care deeply about projects that build empathy, diplomacy, and a mindset for bringing people together.   ​

Foundations for Leadership engages more than 2,500 students and teachers annually in classrooms, conferences, and workshops thanks to partners and a dedicated team of college volunteers.  Since inception, nearly 25,000 students and teachers have been served.


In the long run there is no more liberating, no more exhilarating experience than to determine one’s position, state it bravely, and then act boldly. Action brings with it its own courage, its own energy, a growth of self-confidence that can be acquired in no other way.

-- Eleanor Roosevelt

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