Debate - Negotiate - Resolve

Model UN engages students in an exploration of current global issues through interactive simulations. It cultivates literacy and leadership as students explore important topics such as sustainable development, climate change, global health, and human rights. Students debate international issues, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate rules of procedure - all in the interest of mobilizing cooperation to solve complex societal problems.


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. 




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 1,000 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 Conference
March 3-4, 2023 (Fri-Sat)
Miami Dade College North Campus

MDMUN Middle School Conference

March 11, 2023 (Sat)

Miami Dade College North Campus



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 Conference

March 31, 2023 (Fri)

St. Petersburg College - Seminole Campus



Model UN meets 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. 

Bring Model UN into and prepare for an upcoming conference.

Teacher Professional Development

Upcoming dates TBA

Model UN Delegate Preparation

MDMUN Middle & High School Delegates

January 28, 2023 (Sat)

Location TBA

Teaching - Learning - Support

Established in 2013, Foundations for Leadership is broadening the Model UN community by working with public schools 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 nearly 2,000 students and teachers annually at conferences and workshops thanks to partners and a dedicated team of college volunteers. Since inception, more than 20,000 students and teachers have been served.

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