What: Enrichment Class for 6th-8th graders
** A major component will be participating in the Junior United Nations ** See below
When: Thursday mornings 9:30 -10:45 / after the JUNA convention in January, class will drop to first and third Thursdays
Where: Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest
Cost: $75 per month Sept.– Jan./ $45 per month Feb.– May; Tuition is due at the beginning of each month
One time registration fee for JUNA of $35 to be paid at time of registration
Teacher: My name is Amy Abbott. I am a certified teacher in the state of Alabama. I have a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Auburn University and M.A. degree in Gifted Education from the University of Alabama. I was the gifted/enrichment teacher at Cherokee Bend Elementary in Mountain Brook for seven years where I taught students in second through sixth grade and sponsored JUNA delegations each year. Prior to that, I taught 6th grade language arts and science at Drake Middle School in Auburn, Alabama. I have a passion for helping students reach their highest potential and challenging them to “think outside the box” and become lifelong learners. I am happy to provide references upon request.
Registration: For more information or to register for the class, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*** There will be a maximum of 7 students for this class due to J.U.N.A. requirements. Reserve your spot today!***
JUNIOR UNITED NATIONS ASSEMBLY
For the past 22 years, JUNA has increased awareness of worldwide issues, demonstrated how the United Nations works, and emphasized the importance of diplomacy and problem solving among nations, peoples, and cultures. More than 6,000 students from over 75 schools have participated. The two-day event includes a parade of nations, opening assembly, committee meetings, and General Assembly meetings in which resolutions are presented, discussed and voted upon. JUNA ends with a reception where awards are given and students' accomplishments are celebrated.
Each delegation, composed of 5-7 students, represents a different nation of their choosing (depending on availability). Guided by their teacher sponsor, students research their nation, identify a problem or issue in that country or elsewhere in the world, and write a resolution that proposes a solution to the issue. Resolutions are presented first in committees and upon passage are presented in General Assembly. Here delegates discuss, question and vote just as they would do in the real United Nations. Students wear the native dress of their country and make a flag to use for recognition in the General Assembly.