Model United Nations
The Model United Nations program, sponsored by Towson University and Baltimore County
Public Schools (TU-BCPS), strives to broaden the educational and civic engagement
opportunities of college-bound high school students. Our primary goals are to facilitate
the study of international affairs and increase global awareness among high school
students. In the age of advancing technology and expanding interdependence for all
states around the world, American students can no longer remain isolated from the
world around them. As educators, we need to strongly encourage our students to expand
their knowledge beyond US borders to ensure their ability to become well-informed
participants in the American political system. The Model United Nations program achieves
these goals by providing students a forum in which they can contemplate world events
from the point of view of other countries.
In addition, this program gives students the opportunity to practice and advance their
writing, research, and oral presentation skills. Through their role-playing with others,
they advance their problem-solving capabilities as they seek to resolve conflicting
priorities, backgrounds, and world views in a peaceful way. Their experiences and
the skills that they use in this program help to prepare them for the intellectual
challenges of higher education and their future as citizens of the United States and
members of the global community.
Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic created the action plan P20 CONNECTS to visualize and construct a path toward strengthened post-secondary prospects for
underserved students in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Delaware. It provides
a blueprint for the primary entities that have the interest and position to carry
out this goal – PreK-12 schools, higher education institutions (together, “P20”) and
community organizations – to do collectively what they are unable to achieve in isolation.
The action plan provides research-based strategies for the creation and preservation
of collaborative structures across the region, and for the work these collaborations
will do implementing common agendas, shared measures, and civic practices that address
mutually identified community need through student engagement. We envision that by
2021, these partnerships will create a support system for civic engagement so strong
and visible that educators and community organizations will feel at ease initiating
a program, carrying it through, evaluating its outcomes, and applying lessons forward.
We envision that socio-economically disadvantaged students, like their more privileged
peers, will reap the rewards of collaborative civic engagement by being well-prepared
for college, for their chosen careers, and for active civic participation in their
The “America Counts” initiative at Towson University is a structured program offering
mathematics tutoring to children in grades 6-8 at nearby schools as well as at a facility
of the Department of Juvenile Services. Through this initiative, the Math Department,
the Office of Civic Engagement & Social Responsibility, and the America Counts Community Sites collaborate to recruit, train, and support
Towson students as math tutors for middle school students.
The goal of the program is to help the middle school students increase their confidence
and enjoyment of mathematics through improving their number sense and mathematics
understanding. University tutors work one-to-one with middle school students in order to improve
their number sense and mathematics understanding. In addition to math tutoring, Towson University students strive to cultivate a relationship
with each of the middle school students and become a positive role model.
Students who have Federal Work Study as part of their financial aid package get paid
to tutor. Students without FWS can volunteer for service hours and have the opportunity
to impact the lives of the youth in a positive way. Join us today! For more information, please visit the FAQ or email americacounts AT_TOWSON.
College Readiness Outreach Program
College Readiness Outreach Program (CROP) connects 9th graders from Baltimore City Public High Schools with TU students who serve as mentors
that provide a series of college readiness workshops. Local underrepresented students
are provided an opportunity to build a solid plan around how to matriculate successfully
through high school then college. College students volunteer to facilitate individual
or group sessions sharing their experiences, encouraging academic persistence, and
helping students rethink what success means for them.
To join us, please contact India Leach at ileach AT_TOWSON