Bergen County Academies has always had a very strong tradition of Model United Nations. The club was started by Mr. Kramer, a History teacher at the Academies, at the founding of the school in 1991. The club was established on the ideal of introducing a global perspective to the student body of BCA. The team participated in its first conference at Yale University in February 1998, and several months later, the Academy won its first Best Delegation award in Washington, DC. MUN itself dates back to 1927, when Harvard University held a Model League of Nations. Ever since, students all over the world have joined this enriching activity.
We pride ourselves on executing conferences that far exceed the caliber of the average high school organized conference. As one of the most experienced and decorated Model UN programs in the country, our organization has hosted thousands of delegates since its inception in 1999. Since then, our mission has always been to create an environment for students from different schools, backgrounds, and beliefs to debate complex issues ranging from international security to human rights and economic progress. This experience is passed down through our Secretariat, Chairs, and Staff, all of whom are active delegates on the circuit.
- To cultivate research, critical thinking, public speaking, and leadership skills through international affairs
- To allow all delegates to engage in conflict resolution and negotiation
- To familiarize students with high-level, organized debate through Parliamentary Procedure
- To facilitate participants' education about global policy, advocacy, and current events
- To provide participants with the first-hand opportunity to learn how international organizations work