Best Delegate Summer Programs: Science, Technology, and Global Poverty at UC Berkeley, July 21-26

by Ryan on March 21, 2013

Our Northern California summer program will take place at UC Berkeley from July 21-26, 2013. This residential program is open to high school delegates entering grades 10-12 in Fall 2013.

Delegates will develop their Model UN and leadership skills throughout the one-week program. They will undertake daily exercises in research, public speaking, caucusing, and resolution-writing. They will experience multiple Model UN simulations throughout the week, culminating with a final all-day simulation. And delegates will learn project management, teamwork, and leadership by working together on an innovative group project — launching a social media campaign for a non-governmental organization (NGO).

In addition to skills building, delegates also explore the program theme, “Science, Technology, and Global Poverty.” Topics for lectures, seminars, and Model UN simulations will revolve around issues in alleviating poverty, ranging from economic development and microfinance to sustainable energy and access to technology.

The program’s lead trainers will be Best Delegate co-founders Ryan Villanueva and Kevin Felix Chan, who have attended 200+ Model UN conferences over the past 12 years. Ryan and Kevin are globally recognized experts in Model UN who have taught thousands of students and teachers around the world.

Curriculum Highlights

MUN Research Made Easy: Research is the foundation of success in Model UN. We’ll share college-level research methods and resources so that delegates can do their research quickly yet thoroughly. Delegates will learn exactly where to go to find past international actions, country policies, and possible solutions.

Daily Public Speaking: It’s not enough to just make a speech about your topic and your country’s policies. Effective speeches have powerful content, clear framing, and smooth delivery. Our daily public speaking workshops will give delegates delegates the theory, experience, and practice they need to become confident public speakers.

Caucusing and Negotiation: Delegates will discover their negotiation style and how to effectively use it during caucusing, lobbying, and resolution writing. Delegates will also study caucusing strategies, game theory, and foundations in social dynamics.

NGO Leadership Project: Delegates will participate in a unique and challenging opportunity to create a social media campaign for an NGO. Students will learn leadership skills, project management, and teamwork in theory and then put it into practice. The NGO project culminates in a 360 Feedback session, where delegates will help each other explore their personal strengths and weaknesses, and reflect on how to become better leaders at school and in their communities.

Model UN Simulations: Delegates will put their newly-improved Model UN skills to the test with multiple Model UN simulations throughout the program, including a final all-day simulation. Simulations will be intense, as delegates will have to prepare a new country and a new topic for each simulation. At the end of each simulation, delegates will receive feedback on how they can improve.

College Preparation: Model UN can help delegates get into college. We’ll show delegates how to share their Model UN experience on college applications and personal essays. We will also feature an information session on college admissions and campus life.

Sample Schedule

The Best Delegate Summer Program at UC Berkeley will be held from July 21-26, 2013. Students will arrive in the afternoon on July 21 and depart at 5pm on July 26 (supervised extra night stays for the night of the 26th are available if needed at an additional cost and can be requested after being accepted into the program). Students will take classes during the day on Model UN, international politics, leadership, and college preparation. As a residential program, students will also have social activities and free time to relax, make new friends, and enjoy being at a world-class university.

Campus Experience

UC Berkeley is one of the preeminent research universities in the world and is well-known for its programs in law, public policy, business, engineering, the sciences, and social justice. Its alumni have been equally influential in government and international relations as well as high tech and the sciences. Berkeley is located next to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, global centers for finance and technology. As part of the program, students will study on campus, eat in the dining halls, and live in the residence halls. The program will also include a campus tour and an information session about college admissions and college life.

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Admission to the Best Delegate Summer Programs is highly selective and students must apply using our Application. Early Decision applicants will be given priority in admission and Regular Decision applicants will be admitted depending on availability. The Early Decision deadline is April 1; the Regular Decision deadline is May 1.

Tuition for the residential program at UC Berkeley $1,250. Delegates who are accepted into the program must pay the full balance by the tuition deadline of June 1 or else they forfeit their place in the program. Delegates may apply for financial aid on our Application.

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