New program to bring New York City students face-to-face with United Nations

In celebration of United Nations Day, the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs announced on Friday, October 23 the launch of NYC Junior Ambassadors—an initiative designed to bring New York students closer to the United Nations.

“The United Nations is a blessing to New York City and an underutilized resource for New Yorkers,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “People come to the United Nations from all over the world to exchange ideas and work towards a greater good. We want to bring New Yorkers closer to the UN, and NYC Junior Ambassadors does that by helping our students become global citizens.”

The program will see a set of seventh grade classes from across all five boroughs—chosen for their focus on issues ranging from science to social studies—participating in the UN’s mission.

“The United Nations is an incubator for positive change on a global scale and we are fortunate to have it in our city,” said Commissioner for International Affairs Penny Abeywardena. “In bringing the classroom to the UN, we want to encourage students to study global issues while thinking about the challenges facing their own communities.”

Seventh grade educators from all subject areas are invited to apply for the program, and can do so by visiting the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs website and filling out the web form application. Chosen educators will be required to incorporate the United Nations into their curriculum.

The application process is now open. It will close on Wednesday, November 25.

The 10 participating classrooms will be announced on Monday, December 14 with the Junior Ambassadors beginning their journey in international affairs in January, 2016.

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