Our partnerships with St. Margaret’s Model United Nations (MUN) student-run club and the nonprofit Global GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) began in the fall of 2016 and just kicked off again for the 2017-2018 school year.
MUN supports our students in developing skills in public speaking, interpersonal communication, and critical thinking to ensure that they are more informed global citizens. Last spring, our middle school students wrote letters about their solutions to global issues such as education and sent them to affiliated programs of the United Nations. 8th grader Mervin F. wrote a letter to the World Food Program in the U.S. and targeted issues regarding world hunger. He received a response from the WFP and his letter was featured on their social media pages. Mervin states, “MUN has taught me how I can communicate with the world and how I can make a difference. What I hope to learn this school year is how we can make a bigger change in our society.”
GLOW aims to empower our girls through literacy, mentorship, and creative expression programs in order to foster confidence, self-esteem, leadership, and resilience. Our girls learn how to express themselves through a variety of outlets, such as music, poetry, and art. 9th grader Carissa M. described the GLOW sessions as a safe environment where everyone could be themselves, while 9th grader Catalina M. noted, “We learned how to express who we are as individuals and learned that we are all powerful.” Both students enjoyed the program last year and are excited for the nearly 30 girls in GLOW this year.
MUN and GLOW meet with our students every Thursday during In-Session at Marco Forster Middle School. Both programs open a world of opportunities for our students’ success and we are eager to see the positive impacts that they will continue to have on our students.