InterConnections 21 provides students with opportunities to engage with critical world concerns and take action. Our flagship program is the annual Teton County Model United Nations (TCMUN) Conference. Every November since 2006, over 200 students and advisors from 10 Wyoming and Idaho schools converge for two days of robust debate and collaborative problem solving on real global issues. The premier novice conference in the region, TCMUN has sold out within 48 hours for the past four years. IC21 provides training and curriculum for attending schools to make Model UN accessible to newer delegations.
Established over 50 years ago, the Model United Nations (MUN) program is implemented in many countries globally. It simulates activities of the UN General Assembly and other UN bodies. Middle school, high school and university students assume the roles of diplomats from countries assigned by conference organizers.
Prior to the conference, student delegates are assigned to committees that simulate various UN agencies; they research topics to be debated in these committees and prepare position papers for their assigned countries. During the MUN conference, the student delegates use formal diplomatic language and procedures to speak on behalf of their countries, negotiate with other delegates, and develop consensus to pass resolutions on the assigned topics.