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GEORGIA UNITED NATIONS ASSEMBLY PROGRAM

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Georgia United Nations Assembly (GUNA) is a simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about civics, effective communication, globalization and, multilateral diplomacy.

  • In GUNA, students take on roles as ambassadors and participate in a simulated session of an intergovernmental organization.
  • Participants research a country, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems.
  • During a simulation they must employ a variety of communications and critical thinking skills to defend and advance the policies of their country.
  • This program is designed for students in grades 6 - 12. *Some schools may do 5-8 or 8-12 for grades depending on how the school divides grades.
  • The program operates Junior GUNA (grades 6-8) and Senior GUNA (grades 9-12), each program is a 5-day program held virtually in December. 

What Students Gain at GUNA:

  • Expanded awareness of the world and world issues.
  • New friends, confidence, fun, and a great time with a purpose.
  • Experience with communication, consensus building, and compromise so important in international affairs.
  • Increased knowledge of other nations' history, culture, national interests, and international policies.
  • Sharpened skills of research, writing, speaking before others, and working with peers and adults.
 

The purpose of this five-day learning opportunity is to bring the workings of the Georgia state government alive to students in grades 9 - 12. Students are given an opportunity to discuss current state issues with state administrators, elected officials, and students from high schools throughout the state.  There are two date options of this program for students to choose according to which dates worth best.

Each conference is led by teens elected to office by their fellow delegates.

Held virtually over the course of one week, volunteers from various state departments act as resources for the students while they debate the issues. These volunteers, along with State YMCA staff, help guide the students through mock committee meetings and procedures. Students debate and vote on the bills that their fellow delegates have written and presented. Bills that pass in committee are then taken to the floor of the House or Senate for full debate and vote.

Youth hold the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House. Participants also engage in campaigns and elections for officers who will serve during the following year.

 

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