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NYCJA Frequently Asked Questions

NYCJA Frequently Asked Questions

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About the Program and Participation Requirements

What are the program benefits?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is being implemented virtually. Participating classrooms will take part in a virtual curated tour of the United Nations headquarters and a briefing from an expert matched to the participants' curricular interests. Participants will also receive a virtual visit to their classroom from a United Nations diplomat who will share their experiences and answer questions. Finally, students will share their learning at a virtual year-end event celebration with the entire cohort of NYC Junior Ambassadors. All participants will also receive a program certificate acknowledging participation as a NYC Junior Ambassador.

How long does the program last?

The NYC Junior Ambassadors program kicks off in early January with a professional development meeting for educators. The program then concludes with a year-end celebration around mid/late June (before the end of the NYC DOE school year). It is important to note that the year-end event is a sort of graduation from the program but it does not mean the end! Educators and their students are encouraged to continue engaging with the program and global issues as alumni!

Is there a fee to participate in the program?

No. NYC Junior Ambassadors is a free to all participating schools and afterschool programs. However, when the program is being implemented in-person, small costs such as bus service to the UN might be incurred by participating schools that choose to travel by bus. Bus service to the year-end event is also provided by the program on an as needed basis. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is being implemented virtually and we do not anticipate in-person meetings throughout the program year.

What are the key program activities?

NYC Junior Ambassadors has five mandatory program activities that are geared toward engaging both educators and their students. These activities are: classroom based learning about the United Nations, curated tours of the United Nations, diplomatic visits to classrooms, professional development for educators, and the year-end project. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is being implemented virtually.

Requirements for Applying to the Program

Who can Apply or participate?

NYC Junior Ambassadors is a program focused on empowering 7th graders in the five boroughs of NYC. 7th educators from all subject areas working in schools or at after-school programs (i.e. teachers, after-school program managers, principals, guidance counselors) can apply. Educators must meet (in-person or virtually) with their students during business days (Monday-Friday) or have the ability to convene them on business days to participate in key program activities. The program is open to public and private schools, including charter schools and religious schools. Non-profits that engage 7th graders can also apply to the program.

Please note that we do not accept applications from individual students or parents, or from institutions operating outside of NYC.

What do I need to do to apply?

Applying to NYC Junior Ambassadors is as easy as filling out a brief online application form! The form includes questions about the school/afterschool program and the classroom. We also require that the educator briefly describe how they will include the UN in their curriculum. For example, a science teacher might wish to focus on climate change by developing lesson plans that teach youth about the issue and actions they can take to protect the environment while exposing them to global initiatives the UN is undertaking on climate action.

What is the selection timeline?

Please see the program materials for the application timeline.

Do you offer individual application deadline extensions?

No, there are no extensions for individual applications. Accepting one late application would mean that all late applications would need to be accepted. All applications should be submitted by the deadline.

If I have applied in the past but I wasn't selected, can I apply again?

I participated in the previous cohort as an educator or entity. Can I apply again this year?

Yes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are opening the program to all alumni educators, including those educators who participated during the 2019-2020 program year.