The Nerdery - Overnight Website Challenge

Chicago 2015, May 2-3

American Model United Nations, Inc.

Our main activity is to facilitate the AMUN Conference, where around 100 individuals give their time and talent every year to serve as staff and trainers for the participants. Last year, we registered approximately 1,400 students, faculty, and staff from the US and abroad. We use the simulation of the UN to enhance student communication and analytical abilities, strengthen problem-solving skills and foster leadership in an interactive educational environment.

AMUN’s all-volunteer staff comes from around the country and is a mix of college students, graduate students and professionals. The staff has an average of five years’ experience in Model UN-ing, and several of our senior staff members have been involved in the Model UN world for more than 25 years.

Our other educational efforts include Model UN in a Box, a complete guide and preliminary materials to starting a Model UN conference; and the United Nations Video Series, which uses interviews with United Nations ambassadors to highlight the processes of the United Nation and international diplomacy.

What new functionality we are looking for

Content Management System – We request WordPress or ExpressionEngine because of our ability to maintain it with current staff experience in these platforms.

Home Page area that can be “turned on” for constant updates pre- and during conference. In the post-conference season, a regular message should be available in the area.

E-commerce – for registration payment and product sales

Registration form for the conference

Private login area for staff resources

Page level SEO metadata access

Mobile Responsive

Multi-media content – video, audio, imagery, pdf

Alt tag access for images for accessibility

Site Search

How the new functionality will help

To support our educational mission, the new site will allow us to be accessible to all of the Model UN community and provide them the resources and quality materials we produce. Our site is currently unattractive, confusing to navigate, and does not meet the rest of the organizations commitment to quality and professionalism. Having the ability to digitally engage the community in a meaningful way will bolster our impact and improve our reach.

For our Conference attendees, the new site will help us to more accurately demonstrate the scope of the conference and help participants prepare their countries’ positions, thereby improving their experience. Whether it is through sample position papers, the videos from our previous keynote speakers, or access to other sites that would support their preparation efforts, the new website will help us promote a consistent experience for well-equipped students. The more they can prepare, the better the learning experience the conference will offer.

We will also be able to support our staff preparation efforts with training resources between training sessions. We come together only twice as a whole staff to train for our roles during the conference. Easy to access, easy to manage pages with staff specific content will help us continue the training between meetings and consolidate the source for our staff. Our staff is the key to continuing a quality conference; the training and overall experience we provide is part of the value-added takeaway for our volunteers.

Finally, the new website will help us grow into new areas. We want to be remembered as the place to go for those interested in learning or teaching the lessons of international diplomacy and leadership. Whether it is creating a summit to train facilitators of high-school conferences or expanding our teaching materials for high school or college instruction, a strategic component is better access for our audiences.

How our organization will use the technology

Who will use the technology

36 Messages from Supporters

2015-03-30 14:44:09 UTC
Chandra Kilgriff

I've been involved with AMUN for almost 15 years - first as a college student participant, then as a staff member, and now as a board member. AMUN provides a wide range of benefits to its participants, from education about international issues to public speaking, negotiation, and leadership skills. The amazing thing is that it puts on such a high-quality conference with a 100% volunteer staff. AMUN deserves a website that matches the quality and professionalism of its other activities so that it can expand its valuable services to its customers.

2015-03-30 15:30:07 UTC
Donald Dudley

I started attending AMUN in 1996 as a student. I joined staff in 1998 after I graduated from college. I was on staff for four years until I took some time away to build my family and a career as a lawyer. I returned after a ten year period to find that the organization had grown by leaps and bounds BUT still maintained the warmth of family and more importantly the quality of academic excellence for the students was not diminished. The quality of simulation had increased and was able to impart a more diverse learning experience.

I have participated in AMUN as a student representative and on staff. I have contributed to the Issues Handbook that AMUN publishes on a yearly basis to help students research the topics that are currently before the United Nations and the global community. While at conference I have been a Chair for multiple simulations including the Security Council and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The educational quality of both simulations is high and rewards students for holding themselves to a high standard.

The AMUN website is an integral portal for the students. They can access conference specific information and the multiple publications AMUN develops each year. The AMUN website is the primary way in which students begin their journey with AMUN. The students may start as novices in the world of international affairs. That changes when the students enter into the AMUN world and begin their research. It will culminate at the end of the conference when each student that puts forth great effort with the reward of a greater understanding of world affairs and current events.

As a student and now as an attorney, my time with AMUN has allowed me to grow into a more confident and capable individual. The lessons I learn each time I interact with a person from AMUN help me personally and professionally. I am proud of this organization and will continue to support it with my time, talents and resources.

2015-03-30 15:28:36 UTC
Megan Wiley

I am an AMUN staffer and between my time as a student participant and as a safer I have been doing Model UN for 8 years. The skills that I have gained through this organization are priceless. As a student I learned how to think critically about some very complicated issues, the best ways to communicate my ideas to a large group of people, and as a staffer my leadership skills have greatly developed. I come back to AMUN every year because of the incredible people involved in this organization and so that I can help conference participants develop their own skills. AMUN needs a website that communicates the incredible learning experience that we offer to participants.

2015-03-30 17:53:34 UTC
Christina Bates

I began participating at AMUN in college where I not only learned about international relations and the UN system, but also gained public speaking, influencing, negotiating, and consensus building-skills I continue to use to this day. Once I graduated, I was drawn to the volunteer staff because of AMUN's professionalism and customer-focused educational mission. 13 years later, I now train our leaders to maintain that high-level of professionalism and am excited for an opportunity to have a website that speaks to our college-level participants, our educational mission, and that professionalism.

2015-03-30 14:56:12 UTC
Rachel Fritzler

I volunteered with AMUN for 7 years, the last 4 as a member of the Executive Committee. One of my favorite moments at every conference was when, inevitably, a faculty advisor or student would find out that no one on our staff is paid for their time. The astonishment was always so rewarding, because it showed how professional and committed our volunteer staff are to providing the best educational experience possible. I would love to see our website continue this tradition by going above and beyond expectations.

2015-03-30 17:37:12 UTC

I've spent seven years working with and at AMUN. It's not only a fantastically educational environment with a hands-on approach to teaching, but a creative, encouraging place where students can experience the frustrations and payoffs of diplomacy. It's energetic, enjoyable, and all around pleasant. AMUN has taught me about the world and, more importantly, about people. I wouldn't be able to collaborate or problem solve at the level I do now if it weren't for AMUN.

2015-03-30 15:35:13 UTC
Jacob P. Torres

I've been a part of the American Model United Nations Staff for the last eleven years of my life and there hasn't been a day in the lot of them that I've regretted donating my time, energy and work to AMUN. For the last three years I've been a member of the Executive Committee. Being part of the AMUN Staff is an incredibly rewarding experience.

In that time, our organization has hosted thousands of students from across the country and abroad during our annual Conference in November. For four days each year we provide a superlative educational experience, one that helps college students learn more about the world around them and the problems that people across the globe face on a daily basis. During the Conference we also host a graduate school and career expo where we put students in contact with recruiters from universities and companies across the nation.

We train our staff to be professional and knowledgeable. We pride our selves on excellent customer service and the high-quality of our work. It would be wonderful if these concepts could be carried over to our website. Thank you for your consideration.

2015-03-30 17:50:21 UTC
Guy Raymaker

I have been involved in model UNs for nearly 30 years and American Model United Nations (AMUN) serves an important need for the collegiate model UN community - a very well run, large (> 1,500 students) conference that occurs in the fall (most college model UNs occur in the spring). This allows model UN teams to have a large-conference event in their first semester, keeping interest high and helping teams hone their model UN skills. While I am very big fan of the high quality conference AMUN puts on every year, I have noted that the web site, which has many good resources, could still be made more user-friendly and more current. It lacks some of the navigation and search tools I am used to as well as lacks multimedia. Given the nature of AMUN, I think these improvements would greatly aid the accessibility of resources to the AMUN community and customers, as well as the public at large. Thanks for your willingness to put your skills to use and thanks for considering AMUN.

2015-03-31 01:30:59 UTC
Rima Gungor

Model UN has been a part of my life since I was 16 years old. I was lucky enough to go to a high school with a model UN club. All my life I was very introverted, especially in high school. Model UN helped me find my voice and by the time I graduated high school, I had become much more social.

I joined my university team and participated in the American Model United Nations Conference as a student for two years and then joined the staff. As a staffer, I have been able to get a bird's eye view into how our conference changes our students lives. This conference provides the opportunity for beginners to get their feet wet and learn how the United Nations works. It is largely a teaching conference which I think is so important for students starting out in model UN.

As a staffer, the training I have received on staff has been invaluable. I have been able to apply the same training in my professional life as well. Being on AMUN staff has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

2015-03-31 03:03:02 UTC
Jacqueline Whitt

I started MUN-ing in high school--it's what the nerdy kids did--and I just never stopped. My first conference was almost twenty years ago. I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that Model UN, and AMUN, where I've spent the last 15 years of my Model UN experience, has profoundly shaped my professional and personal life.

I have worked on the staff of AMUN since 2003; for six of those years I served on the Executive Committee, and have recently joined the Executive Office. The hours I have committed to this organization rival any part-time job I could imagine. I wouldn't have it any other way. The experience AMUN offers to undergraduate participants and to our all-volunteer staff is unmatched. In my paid-professional life, I am an academic and an educator. I say unequivocally that Model UN offers students a unique and deeply important entry-point into studying and solving the world's most pressing problems.

Model UN in this, now the second decade of the 21st century, is increasingly connected and requires state-of-the art web design and capabilities in order to remain current and relevant. Students, rightly, expect research and information at their fingertips. Currently, our website is functional, but it doesn't come close to offering the range of capabilities that we should demonstrate. If our website were more dynamic, more interactive, more accessible, and more responsive to our customer's needs, I believe there is no other conference in the US that can offer what AMUN does. We can do a lot with a horde of dedicated volunteer labor, but a boost in this area, which we can then work to maintain, would be really transformational, for our organization.

2015-03-31 02:35:45 UTC
Mary Beth Brennan Seng

I've been participating in Model UN since 1986 - and involved in AMUN since its first conference in 1990. Model UN taught me so much -- how to research, how to be confident speaking, how to build consensus, how to work with lots of different people (even ones I really didn't care for).

AMUN shaped my life. Because of Model UN I majored in International Relations in college, was compelled to find international jobs and wound up for working at the United Nations (the real one) and for the U.S. government.

Today on the way home from work I saw eight high school students posing in front of the Nebraska State Capitol -- they were wearing suits and had name badges -- they had to be participants in the University of Nebraska High School Model UN. They've got bright futures ahead. Please help AMUN build a website that will reach them so they can find us and we can help them continue to grow.

2015-03-31 03:20:29 UTC
Lindsay Leguillon

I have been involved with AMUN for over 10 years, both as a student and a staff member.
As a college student it taught me many skills. AMUN is a place that fosters learning and professional development. It is a space where students can learn first hand the trials of consensus building, importance of diplomacy and satisfaction of a successful outcome. I admired the staff as a student and was excited to join them my senior year of college.
As a staff member I continued to grow and learn personal and professional skills. I learned that the willingness of the staff to help the students was genuine and I was eager to help as much as possible. I quickly learned that the saying "the family you choose" 100% applies to this group.
The participants of AMUN deserve to visit a website that is on par with the live conference in terms of helpfulness and professionalism.

2015-03-31 04:21:15 UTC

I have been involved with AMUN for almost 20 years, first as a student and now currently as volunteer staff. It can't be said enough that AMUN is entirely volunteer-run. 100+ staff from across the country give up one or more holiday weekends and at least a full week of vacation days (or paid work days) to get together and plan and run this conference, including covering their own travel/flight expenses to do so. On top of that, staff and leaders spend a lot of their own free time throughout the year to research, practice, and prepare so we can excel at our roles when we come together in person.

I think it's absolutely worth it, and I can speak first-hand to the benefits both as a participant and as a volunteer. For instance, I used to be terrified of public speaking, but as a result of regular practice and hands-on experience at AMUN, I regularly speak to audiences of 20-1000+ people at a time. These benefits are not exclusive to those people pursuing a political or international development career; my career has largely been in IT infrastructure and warehousing operations management. I can honestly say that I would not have had the skills and confidence to pursue and achieve my career growth over the years without the amazing experience and personal growth that AMUN has provided me both as a student and as staff.

2015-03-31 04:49:31 UTC
Peggy Glenn

AMUN brings together strangers, simulates diplomatic discussion of stressful world issues, and produces lifelong friends who are civically engaged and globally aware. I've been involved in AMUN off and on as my education and legal career permits since its establishment 25 years ago, and it would be great to have a more dynamic and real-time website for students, staff, and alumni.

2015-03-31 23:06:25 UTC
Dr. Roger Durham, Aquinas College

AMUN is by far one of the top collegiate Model United Nation conferences in the country. The staff is highly professional and well trained, the content materials are extremely well developed, and participant delegations are generally very well prepared. Our students not only get a chance to practice all the skills of diplomacy, negotiation, and problem solving, but they also love going to Chicago! We have attended since 1999 and now have several former AQ students who have worked on staff - and in so doing, have developed excellent contacts and professional opportunities. I highly recommend AMUN to any college or university thinking about developing a Model United Nations program.

2015-04-01 03:36:09 UTC
Brian Endless

As President of the Board and a founder of AMUN, I've watched this conference grow from about 200 participants to now over 1,500 attending each year. The AMUN conference is known for its great volunteer staff, excellent simulations and very high quality materials. On the tech side, AMUN existed before the world wide web, and started with a text based net presence. The conference was also an early adopters of html when there was only Mosaic. AMUN's web presence has always been about having excellent content. For years the schools attending AMUN have regularly commented on the depth and quality of our on-line tools and resources. What is clear in recent years though is that AMUN has fallen behind on the tech side, and is in definite need of an upgrade to bring the conference firmly into the 21st Century. This conference is all about giving the best possible educational experience, from preparation through participation, and a more modern website would be another great step in that direction.

2015-04-01 17:45:53 UTC
Mary Jo Laws

First as a participant and now as a volunteer, I have worked with AMUN for nearly fifteen years and currently volunteer as the Comptroller for the organization. My experiences with AMUN have provided me with an endless number of skills to help round out my personal and professional development including public speaking skills, managing and training a volunteer staff of over 100 people, organizing an event in a major city for over 1500 participants, as well as developing and adhering to a budget for an organization to name only a few.

AMUN remains one of the largest and most popular collegiate model united nations conferences in the country. This is an amazing accomplishment considering there is not an AMUN payroll; our organization exists due to the amazing efforts of our 100% volunteer staff. Because of these volunteers, AMUN is able to provide a quality, educational collegiate conference in a major US city at an affordable cost, one-third the cost of a comparable conference, to our participants.

In addition to our volunteers, AMUN also owes its success to our participants. AMUN does not have an advertising budget and relies completely on recruiting new schools and participants by word of mouth. We are known for our outstanding customer service and para-mount educational experience. Many college and university political science and global studies professors design their courses around the AMUN Conference. Students often prepare for a semester learning the international policies of a particular country and then come to the AMUN Conference to debate and communicate with others representing other country views in order to agree on solutions to world issues.

As a postdoctoral cancer researcher, I represent a minority of those who have been effected by AMUN as many individuals involved hold careers as lawyers, politicians, employees of the State Department or in public/global relations. In my line of work it is easy to develop a narrow view on issues, especially when it comes to human health. AMUN has helped me to see beyond the US boarders and look at human health and disease as global issues.

2015-04-01 20:25:40 UTC
Sarah M

I was a student participant at AMUN for two years, followed by five years on staff, including two years on the executive committee. Participating in model UN was a great way to learn how to research, negotiate, and speak in public. Working on the AMUN staff brought me a real sense of pride in the high quality experience we delivered to college students each year, not to mention the joy of working alongside so many kind, funny, and intelligent people. I look forward to seeing the fantastic website that AMUN has ten years from now, when I convince the first of my three boys to join his college model UN team.

2015-04-01 19:08:08 UTC
Chelsea White

I began my career with AMUN as a participant while pursuing my Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History. I am now entering my second year as an AMUN staff member. I serve as a Registrar in the International Court of Justice simulation which is a unique simulation experience that AMUN offers to its participants. AMUN deserves a website that is representative of the professionalism and customer service that participants receive during conference through a staff composed entirely of volunteers from across the country. The skill that I have improved the most through AMUN is public speaking. While attending AMUN as a representative, I was in the ECOSOC Sub-Committee, World Food Programme, that wrote a report and presented to the combined plenary at the end of conference. I was one of the representatives who presented the report despite a general anxiety of public speaking. This step that forced me to step outside of my comfort zone has made me much more comfortable in giving formal presentations which is a necessity in my career. As a former participant at AMUN, I understand the importance of an easy to navigate website that can serve as the predominant resource to prepare you for conference which is why AMUN deserves this opportunity to build the capacity of its website to provide more opportunities to all those who are involved with AMUN.

2015-04-01 19:47:53 UTC
Tiffany Jaspers

I participated in the American Model United Nations conference for the first time as a student almost 15 years ago. Coming from a small town, I found it was an exhilarating way to share ideas with other students from around the world! The level of professionalism made it seem like so much more than a simulation; tempers flared and compromises were made. I continued participating my remaining years as a student and joined the staff after I graduated. It is still my favorite organization because of how greatly it impacted my life and how genuinely it aims to breed the same level of excitement in an ever-growing number of new students. I would love to see AMUN's website reflect the energy and professionalism of the conference itself. While word of mouth remains important, we can all appreciate the value of a clean, informative website. AMUN would be such a worthy recipient!

2015-04-01 22:22:07 UTC
Shannon Dunn

AMUN's primary activity is our annual Model UN conference, held in the heart of Chicago. Our mission, however, reaches all over the country and the world. Through the work of our dedicated volunteers, we provide materials that make high quality MUN materials accessible to a wide variety of groups; most of these materials are provided free of charge. We want these materials, which include topic guides, tips on running and participating in Model UN, rules of procedure, links to great research materials, etc., to be easily accessible to anyone looking for help. A new, more accessible website will allow us to improve that outreach, while also improving the experience for our core customers.

On a personal level, AMUN has been a driving force in improving my professional skills. This did not happen by chance; AMUN's approach is to provide volunteers wtih deliberate and transferable training in professional and life skills, such as conflict-resolution, customer service, meeting planning, etc. Those skills have been invaluable to me in my professional life.

2015-04-02 00:28:23 UTC
Kristen Chellis

I am proud to be Secretary-General of the AMUN conference this year. The role is a great honor and but also a lot of work. That said, I give my time and I give it gladly since AMUN has given me so much. The professionalism and leadership experience I gained through volunteering has helped me get multiple jobs, including a job I started three days ago.

To me the dedication of our volunteer staff speaks volumes about the mission and values that AMUN promotes not only with our staff, but the educational experience we provide for hundreds of students. We strive for quality in everything we do, in running simulations, in providing an educational experience, in providing customer service. We do a fantastic job reaching these goals, especially when we are running the conference in Chicago. A new website would help us have an online presence that matches the quality of our on-the-ground work.

2015-04-01 22:39:01 UTC
John Gaustad

I attended AMUN as a student representative and voluteer with the organization to this day. As a student, it provided me with opportunities to write and negotiate that I otherwise would not have had. As a staff member, AMUN has taught me valuable skills that I have successfully applied in my carrer, including planning for and running meetings, leading training sessions, and interacting professionally with others. It is a joy to help both students and volunteer staff learn new skills knowing that they will be able to use them in the future, academically or professionally.

2015-04-02 00:18:53 UTC
Lauren Kim

Joining American Model United Nations Conference was one of my crucial moments where I could go out of my comfort zone. I started to attend the conference as a representative, and became a staff when I was a senior in college. I am entering a third year as a staff at AMUN this year. Through the conference, I increased my public speaking skills in front of hundreds of people, with being free from anxiety and fear. I also could increase my leadership skills as working with a lot of people for a resolution in a efficient manner. Furthermore, AMUN taught me more about professionalism, conflict management skills, and customer services which are crucial in any business organizations, especially in leadership positions. I believe that a new website of AMUN would give more students opportunity to go out of their comfort zones and be leaders for next generations.

2015-04-02 01:19:17 UTC
Michael Kenny

As an engineer in college, I joined a MUN group and attended the AMUN conference as a means to meet different people and have different experiences. Preparing for and attending AMUN taught me the soft skills of working and negotiating with people that I have been able to use to advance my career in engineering. Through attending the conference, I practiced skills in research and speaking that I might not have used as extensively in a technical field. AMUN also introduced me to a different perspective on the world that I think all people should have. I've continued working with AMUN staff because I believe in its educational goals and for the skills it continues to introduce in management and teamwork.

The AMUN web site provides our participants with the material necessary to prepare them for conference. It also provides resources for the UN and Model UN in general, including links to teaching resources and information about the AMUN Simulation Guide that we published and sell. We use the website and our minimal e-commerce solutions to market AMUN products and services and to attract potential contributors to the conference. My primary focus on staff is drawing organizations to our Graduate School and Career Expo and Conference Program as a means for them to reach out to our participants.

2015-04-02 02:25:16 UTC
Nia Indelicato

I have been involved with AMUN since 2000, first as a student, then and now as a staff member. It is a wonderful organization that has meant a lot to me over the years. One of my passions is international relations, and AMUN is my way to keep that passion alive. Beyond this,though, AMUN has done even more for me. As a student, I learned valuable information about considering different perspectives, working with others, and developing and supporting my own opinions. As a staff member I have learned a great deal about professionalism, conflict management, time management, teamwork, training, supervising, leadership, and so much more. I am currently on the Executive Committee for AMUN, it is a responsibility that takes up a lot of my personal time and money, but it's worth every second and every dime. I truly mean that. I hope you will choose to support AMUN with your time and talents in website development. It would mean a great deal to us and to all of the students that we serve.

2015-04-02 02:57:59 UTC
Sean P.

I was gently persuaded into participating in American Model United Nations as a representative when I was a Junior in college. I had no idea what I was getting into, other than AMUN was something well out of my comfort zone, both in the size of the conference and scope of research and work. I loved it. I learned more about myself than I'd ever imagined I would, and I learn more with every conference that passes. In addition to the impact the content of the conference had on me, I was thoroughly impressed with both the way the conference was run, and with the way that the staff conducted itself. An organization with a staff so dedicated, involved, and passionate about their work deserves a way to leave a great first impression before the conference even starts. I would love for such a great organization full of great people to be rewarded for their tireless effort.

2015-04-02 03:05:56 UTC
Jason Kiefer

I began my Model UN experience as an undergraduate student in 1998. My first conference was in Chicago at AMUN. To say I was hooked would be an understatement. I was able to facilitate my appreciation for international relations while simulating and debating real life problems as if I were at the real United Nations. I became a member of the staff in 2000. The transition from participant to member was seamless. I was welcomed with open arms to the group. AMUN integrated their "Customer First" mentality into my everyday dealings, even to this day. I feel the lessons and methods i have learned while a staff member have translated into my work as an analyst with a Federal Government agency. I hope all of the students that participate are able to take their their AMUN experience and use it to pursue their goals in life.

I wish I could say I have been on staff every year but life gets in the way. I am still able to keep up with all of the ins and outs of the organization through social media. However, a more robust Web presence would be helpful for the staff to properly communicate and prepare for the Conference every year. A bigger Web presence will also attract more interest and activity from the participating and prospective schools. The old Ford commercial that stated "Quality is job one" rings true with how AMUN exemplifies how a Model UN conference should and is run. And with the help of this organization, I know AMUN will be even better for the next 25 years.

2015-04-02 02:18:35 UTC
Shaun O'Hara

I came to AMUN roughly 10 years ago after staffing a different Model UN for the previous 8 years. The difference between the two conferences has been night and day. The focus at AMUN is firmly placed on our interactions with the students and Faculty Advisers who lead those groups, which was a very welcome and refreshing change.

Secondly, we, at AMUN, spend a significant amount of time training our staff to be the most professional and best prepared group of folks we can be. The roughly 100 staff members that participate have quite literally become closer to me than my birth family, and I think this tight knit group of folks is the basis for the quality of conference that we put on.

However, as echoed by many of my fellow staffers, the one thing that is missing is a web-presence that is of the quality that our representatives and Faculty Advisers have come to expect with an AMUN product. Our current presence, is adequate at best, however with all the many talents of our staff, we just do not have the ability to create the quality of a web presence that our customers desire. Yet, with the help of this Overnight Website build, we can finally produce that web presence that would be commensurate with the quality we strive to produce.

2015-04-02 04:19:13 UTC
Aaron Jorbin

My first experience with American Model United nations was in 2001 as a college freshman. Right away I was hooked. The annual conference became a highlight for me each of the following five years. I attended other model UN conferences, but AMUN was by far the best run conference with the highest commitment to professionalism and academic integrity. Upon graduation, I immediately expressed my interest in becoming a volunteer with the organization. This is one of the best choices I ever made.

I have now staffed nine conferences serving in two departments as a volunteer. The largest benefit (besides the friendships that I've made) is seeing the students knowledge of how the UN works grow so tremendously over the course of just a few days. The organization is fully committed to helping these students learn and deserve an updated website to help them attract more students and universities.

2015-04-02 03:20:47 UTC
Dan Wright

I first attended AMUN as a student representative 19 years ago, and have been volunteering for the organization for the 18 years since - as a staffer, Executive Committee member, and now as a member of the Executive Office. On my first encounter, AMUN volunteers impressed me immediately with their professionalism and dedication to the organization's educational mission, and made the idea of volunteering for AMUN seem exciting. Working with this organization has provided me with real experience and training in management and professionalism that are outstanding, and that have greatly helped me in my (paid) professional career. Furthermore, our staff's dedication to AMUN's educational mission and to executing that mission as professionally as possible have both remained very strong over the years - I believe that this makes AMUN unique amongst Model UN conferences in particular, and an outstanding nonprofit organization in general. Updating our website to reflect this first-rate professionalism would be of great benefit to this organization and reflect what we want to present to the world.

2015-04-02 03:45:29 UTC
Tim Hoppe

This is a great opportunity, for whatever worthy organization gets chosen, but I really hope that AMUN gets this chance. Reading some of these testimonials, I am reminded of the dedicated, caring, and hardworking nature of our staff. Participating in 2 conferences in college was a pleasure, and being on staff for 14 more has been an honor. Being asked to take point on the overnight website challenge was anther great way to give back to a organization that has given me so much.

We work hard because we are passionate about this conference and the experience we are offering to the students who attend. Our website doesn't do that commitment justice. I hope you give us the chance to show off some of that passion and excitement.

Thank you for this opportunity, and for the work you are doing.

2015-04-02 04:43:14 UTC
Jessica Eick

I have been a part of AMUN for almost ten years as a student who attended the conference and as an active volunteer for the organization. I have had the pleasure of working with some of the most generous, hard working and intelligent people from all over the country. We all give our time, efforts and even money to this organization. Websites are the face of an organization, the AMUN website does not do the organization justice. We need to better sell our educational experience, and better showcase the resources we have available to the students and faculty who want and do attend this conference. Thank you for the opportunity to better our website and our conference experience!

2015-04-02 06:13:28 UTC

I have been involved with AMUN for 17 years, 1 as an attendee, and the last 16 as a staff member, including 3 years as a member of their Executive Committee. The training and the long running tradition of helping grow staff members into positions of greater responsibility has had an enormous impact on my career and helped guide how I help grow careers of those in my organization today. It was and is still worth the time, money, and vacation days that go into my involvement.

From their educational mission, to their service and professionalism focused staff training, AMUN helps create an environment where not only do the attendees learn, but they are treated with sincere respect not typically given to college-age students. The conference and organization philosophy holds both of these principles in high regard and having a website design which reflects the professionalism we strive to bring to the conference, along with incorporating modern design principles (Mobile friendly, accessible) would be a great benefit to the conference and the attendees.

2015-04-02 10:41:46 UTC

I have been a student participant at AMUN for 2 years and a staff member for the past 3 years. AMUN allowed me to become more knowledgeable for the international community, to practice my public speaking skills, and to become a better writer. In addition, AMUN gave me the opportunity to learn more about international events, present and past, through their guest speakers, such as Paul Rusesabagina. Without the AMUN staff and conference, I would not be as in engaged nor understand the complexities of most international affairs. The AMUN Conference and Staff was always very helpful in facilitating my growth in these areas and I look forward to the conference each year to learn more about the international community and problem solving.

As wonderful as the conference has been for my learning experiences, the website does not match the passion of the staff and the quality of the conference. Even as a student participant using the website at times was difficult. I had trouble locating the information I need to be prepared for attending the conference and after the conference, looking my committee work on the website. In addition, I used the resources from the AMUN website, when I taught a Model United Nations class and when attempting to find some detailed information to supplement the students learning was confusing and time consuming. Furthermore, I found that other teachers across the country also use the site as a valuable tool in their lessons about the international community, simulation guidance, and Model United Nations. The AMUN conference needs to have a website design that is more user-friendly and accessible anywhere. Thank you for the opportunity to improve the AMUN experience for attendees and staff as well as to assist educators by improving the website!

2015-04-02 13:59:48 UTC
Nili Sarit Yossinger

I attended my first MUN conference in 2004 and the experience changed my life entirely. It offered me an unmatched opportunity to learn about topical world issues from a unique perspective – to actually experience what it takes to negotiate and find commonalities in an otherwise diverse global community. Besides the (overwhelmingly nerdy) fun of it all, the friends I’ve made and the skills I’ve gained are invaluable.

Since joining the AMUN staff ten years ago, my capabilities and confidence increased twofold - as a trainer, a problem-solver, a researcher, an editor and a leader. Having served on AMUN’s leadership team and Executive Committee, these skills have complimented, and sometimes superseded, those I gained in my professional career as a researcher in the field of humanitarian emergencies.

Over the years, I have dedicated hundreds (perhaps thousands) of hours and paid vacation days to AMUN because I find it unmatched in its level of professionalism, quality, and dedication to the students who participate – all of which is accomplished with finite resources and a very dedicated group of volunteers. I can say without hesitation that my time at AMUN has been one of the most positive and influential experiences in both my professional and personal life.

Our Mission

American Model United Nations (AMUN) is a non-profit, educational organization founded to provide college students with the highest quality, most professionally run simulations of the United Nations available. AMUN strives to combine educational quality with highly realistic simulations of the United Nations to give students an unparalleled Model UN learning experience.