Model United Nations Offered to Middle and High School Students in Koreatown, Los Angeles

Korean American Coalition KAC MUN
(Photo : Courtesy of KAC) (From left to right, top row: Sang-Min Kim, Jennifer Kim, Joshua Choi. From left to right, bottom row: John Lee, Sophia Lopez, Ye-Rin Kim.) The Korean American Coalition (KAC) held a press conference on July 5 regarding the upcoming MUN program. Jennifer Kim, a previous MUN student, explained how KAC's MUN program affected her preparation process for college.

The Korean American Coalition (KAC), a non-profit community organization based in Koreatown, is recruiting students for its 10th annual Model United Nations (MUN) program, which aims to instill civic engagement in middle and high school students.

The program includes weekly meetings on either Tuesday or Thursday from 4 to 6 PM, and attendance in conferences throughout the country. During these meetings and conferences, students would act as delegates in the United Nations and discuss past and current international issues. KAC hopes to give greater exposure to global issues and international politics to students through this opportunity.

"MUN programs are usually implemented as a class or extra curricular club and are most often found in affluent suburban high schools," said the KAC. "Urban schools in low-income areas, however, often lack the resources to run this sort of program. We, at KAC, implemented this program as a community-based club with some additions to the program design."

Particularly, being involved in MUN helps in college admittance, especially in "preparing for interviews with private universities," according to Chris Lee, the KAC MUN coordinator. Previous KAC MUN seniors have been accepted to Amherst University, Duke University, Harvard University, Princeton University, UCLA, and UC Berkeley.

Applications and required paperwork must be submitted by mail by August 21, and interviews will begin on August 24 in the order that applications are received and processed. Final results will be released on August 31. The program will run from September 1, 2015, to May 21, 2016.

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