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First Session of Model UN Today!

posted Jan 16, 2014, 9:27 AM by Andrew Hyman   [ updated Jan 16, 2014, 9:33 AM ]
The first session of Portola Magnet's Model United Nations  (MUN) after school enrichment will meet this Thursday, Jan. 16, at 3:15 PM in the school library.  Registration packets will be handed out then.  Please download the flyer. Here are answers to common questions: 
What is the benefit of Model UN for my child? 
Based on previous years, Portola students liked: 
  • Feeling competent about taking on huge international problems; 
  • Mature independence, being away from home at professional conferences that are productive and fun; 
  • Connecting with 700 articulate, interesting and involved students from all over California; 
  • Leadership opportunities and training available in every organ/committee. 

Parents liked seeing their kids: 
  • Gain confidence in public debate, use reasoned arguments and diplomatic techniques; 
  • Develop interest in news and international issues; 
  • See the world not just academically, but with more responsibility and caring; 
  • Light up when they remember MUN. 

What does the fee cover? 
The fee covers 10+ after-school sessions (with 2-3 instructors) and 2 overnight conferences, including rooming/hotel, food, transportation, and conference facilities.  YMCA runs the program statewide and is non-profit.

When is the $850 fee due? 
Half ($425) is due the third week of MUN.  This will either be Jan. 30 or Feb. 6, depending on whether we cancel MUN on Jan. 23 because of student interest in the Geography Bee.
The rest of the fee is due at the end of February.

What is the deadline to register? 
Registration forms and fees are due at the start of third meeting (Jan 30 or Feb 6), but there is a limit of 25 students in the program.  Since admission is first registered - first admitted, there is a chance that the class will fill up before the deadline.  

How can we qualify for a scholarship?
Students should ask instructor  for a scholarship application at the first meeting. Title 1 families get priority.  Even if you are not Title 1, you might qualify for partial scholarship, depending on income. Non-Title 1 applicants need to include a copy of income tax return. 

Will this conflict with Ms. Massoudi's Thursday Debate Class?
Ms. Massoudi will offer Debate Class on Mondays, so students have the option to take both.

More questions?
Students can ask at the first session or you can contact Casey Banks at or 818-783-5126.

Andrew Hyman,
Jan 16, 2014, 9:32 AM