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Engaging Youth

Through innovative campaigns and partnerships, we are empowering the next generation of world leaders to work with the United Nations to take on global challenges.

Global ClassroomsGlobal Classrooms® is an innovative educational program of the United Nations Association of the USA that engages students in an exploration of international issues and institutions through interactive simulations and curricular materials. Global Classrooms cultivates global literacy, leadership, life skills, and the attitudes necessary for active citizenship.

At the core of Global Classrooms is Model United Nations, where middle school and high school students can step into the shoes of UN Ambassadors and debate a range of global issues. Today in 24 major cities around the world, Global Classrooms bridges the gap in the Model UN community between experienced programs and traditionally underserved public schools and schools new to Model UN. The program encourages students to develop leadership skills and civic awareness, and to stay informed perspectives on issues affecting nations across the world, including the United States. Through Global Classrooms, young people acquire the knowledge and skills to engage responsibly in decision-making on complex international issues.

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Girl Up

Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, gives American girls the opportunity to channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for programs of the United Nations that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. Through Girl Up’s support, girls have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted, and positioned to be the next generation of leaders.

Campaign supporters are encouraged to give a "High Five" to girls in developing countries by donating $5 or more to provide girls with such basic needs as access to school supplies, clean water, life-saving health services, safety from violence, and more.

To give a High Five and learn more, go to GirlUp.org >


Nothing But Nets

The UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria. Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has empowered youth like 10-year-old Katherine Commale and 13-year-old Boy Scout Nate Stafford to become Champions in the fight against malaria.

Nothing But Nets and its supporters — from students to CEOs — have raised more than $35 million to distribute more than 4 million nets through UN partners, helping to achieve the global goal of ending malaria deaths by 2015.

Go to NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life today >