Monday, April 23, 2018
Included on this page are the following topics:
- our May 19th Planning and Organizing meeting
- our July 28th New Neighbors event
- our recently completed May 2018 - January 2019 tentative agenda
- Model UN and our newly developed K-12 Civic Engagement program
- continued updates to the Featured Issues pages of the UNA-Orlando website
- Summer and Fall 2018 internships
If you haven't done so already, use the GET INVOLVED page to indicate your interest in participating in UNA-Orlando activities during 2018.
MAY 19TH PLANNING AND ORGANIZING MEETING
Coming out of our last meeting, we had a plan. That plan was to hurry as fast as possible to find a location for our next New Neighbors event that was large enough for our purposes but also affordable. That didn't happen.
Since we do not yet have a suitable location to hold our next big event (the search continues!), the actual "Big Event" has been postponed to a tentative date of Saturday, July 28th.
With this schedule change, the Herndon Library has been reserved for Saturday, May 19th. This will give us more time to plan and organize. Also, when we do meet at the Herndon Library on May 19th, there is at least one thing we can do that will be important. That is to begin collecting school supplies that we can deliver to students at the July event before they return to school in August.
The entire agenda for the May 19th meeting should include:
- preparation for the July 28th New Neighbors event, including the collection of backpacks and school supplies
- networking for Model UN students with many of them graduating and leaving for college and others returning to their schools in August to continue building their clubs
- further development of our new K-12 Community Engagement program
- networking for college students who have completed their Spring 2018 internships and an orientation for those who will pursue Summer and Fall internships
JULY 28TH NEW NEIGHBORS EVENT
The plan that has been developed over the past few months incorporates much of what we have done in the past that was fun. However, it also incorporates a lot that is new.
We are still in the brainstorming phase. Not everything that is being considered now will make into the final plan. However, for now the highlights of the plan are:
- distribution of school supplies (in partnership with the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority)
- a soccer game that includes long-time Orlando residents and those who have arrived here recently
- a treasure hunt with clues given in random languages
- food sharing with our own members preparing food that was familiar to them before coming to Orlando
- a jam session where musicians from anywhere in the world can get together and play whatever sounds good to them at the time
- art displays and/or a shared real-time art creation that includes everyone in the room
- yard games and board games for all ages
To be part of the team that helps to organize our July 28th New Neighbors event, consider attending the May 19th Planning and Organizing meeting. If you are not available for May 19th but still want to be involved, use the May 18th form to indicate your interest.
TENTATIVE MAY 2018 - JANUARY 2019 AGENDA
Now that 2018 is well underway, this is a good time to make adjustments to the original 2018 Plan. Our recent Planning and Organizing meeting was very helpful for giving us a better view of what can be accomplished throughout the remainder of the year.
With this in mind, a tentative agenda has been set. Unless anyone can point out a major flaw, it seems that there will not be any changes.
The highlights are:
- Public Forum dates throughout the remainder of the year
- the May 29th New Neighbors event
- Model UN training workshops and mini-conferences
- our UN Day event on October 27th
For high school and middle school students who plan to be involved with Model UN, now is the time to begin preparing for the 2018-2019 school year.
Notice in the May-January agenda the inclusion of weekly club meetings. A plan is underway to create meeting guides that club leaders can use to prepare their members for upcoming mini-conferences. Then, the mini-conferences themselves will prepare everyone for any major conference that comes up during the school year.
If you are new to Model UN, although the Model UN pages on the UNA-Orlando website are a bit outdated, they are still useful for understanding what Model UN is and what you can expect from your participation. The plan is to have the Model UN pages fully updated before the May 19th meeting at the Herndon Library.
The three Model UN pages on the UNA-Orlando website are:
Whether you are a student of non-student, if you have Model UN experience, you can help to update the three Model UN pages on our website and you can help to create the learning materials that Model UN club leaders can use during their weekly meetings during the 2018-2019 school year.
To be part of the team that will update our Model UN pages on the website and create learning materials for our Model UN club leaders, use the May 19th form to indicate your interest. Whether you plan to attend the May 19th meeting or not, there is an option in the May 19th form that will allow you to indicate your interest.
K-12 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Also with high school and middle school students in mind (whether they are Model UN members or not), development of our new K-12 Community Engagement program that will provide opportunities for students to gain experience, build their resumes, and enhance their college applications.
SUMMER AND FALL 2018 COLLEGE INTERNSHIPS
If you are a college student and you are interesting in a UNA-Orlando internship during either the Summer or Fall semesters, it would be very helpful if you could complete our Internship Survey. In doing so, it will help in our effort to guide you towards activities that match your academic and career interests.
CONTINUED WORK ON THE UNA-ORLANDO FEATURED ISSUES PAGES
During our recent Planning and Organizing meeting, we conducted an experiment to see how many people could log into Weebly (our web host) at the same time, add content at the same time, and click "Publish" at the same time. We risked wiping out the entire website, which has happened several times in the past. Instead, the experiment was a great success!
Now we know that we can safely have multiple page managers working simultaneously without causing any troubles, which is good news for our ongoing work to update the UNA-Orlando website.
Since the beginning of January, we have had a good team of people researching the issues and submitting content that can be used on the website's Featured Issues pages. Now is our best chance to complete all the work that needs to be done to fully update the pages. This includes activating links and, for those who have strong technical skills (or the willingness to learn), it includes the actual building of the pages using the content that has been submitted over the past several months.
To decide if you are a Link Activator or a Page Manager, check out the Instructions Pages for each. Once you decide, you will receive log in information for Weebly (if you haven't already) and you will be assigned to a page as the person who only activates the links, as the person who builds the entire page, or as the person who does both.
NOTE: A set of Practice Pages is available to anyone who needs to familiarize themselves with Weebly.
DONATIONS / FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Please consider a donation to UNA-Orlando to help with our expanding need for meeting space and with printing and website expenses and general operating costs. Your contribution will be extremely helpful and greatly appreciated.