What is GenUN?

GenUN is a national initiative of UNA-USA to engage and energize young supporters around UN issues. As an action-oriented platform, GenUN provides a vehicle for young people to get involved in global issues. GenUN also empowers a new generation of young Americans to be leaders in helping the UN build a better world for all. 

UNA-USA’s campus chapters offer students an opportunity to lead and advocate in their communities, while the U.S. Youth Observer program provides a connection to the UN for American youth. 

What is UNA-USA?

The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a membership organization dedicated to informing, inspiring, and mobilizing the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For 70 years, UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. A program of the UN Foundation, UNA-USA and its sister organization the Better World Campaign represent the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. Learn more about UNA-USA's programs and initiatives at www.unausa.org.

There is no UNA-USA chapter on my campus- can I start one?

Yes! Visit our tools and resources page to find a step-by-step guide to starting a chapter. Contact us at any time to find out if a chapter is being built on your campus, get introduced to other chapter leaders, or bounce ideas off our staff.

Where can I learn more about the work of the United Nations?

The tools and resources page contains a primer on talking about the United Nations, and each issue page on this site features a plethora of issue-specific, downloadable content. To dig deeper, visit www.betterworldcampaign.org, www.un.org, and www.unfoundation.org.

How can I fundraise for UN causes?

GenUN has three sister campaigns which empower grassroots supporters to fundraise for the UN. To learn more about their causes and find resources for holding successful events, visit their websites:

Girl Up: www.girlup.org

Shot@Life: www.shotatlife.org

Nothing but Nets: www.nothingbutnets.net

I'm not on a college campus- where can I find a map of UNA-USA community chapters?

Working alongside the network of campus chapters featured here, UNA-USA has 120 community chapters in cities across the country. To find them and join, go here. http://www.unausa.org/membership/directory

I just graduated from my campus chapter but want to stay engaged. How can I be involved as a young professional?

UN advocates are all ages! GenUN will soon release content for young professionals interested in international issues and careers, but in the meantime, many of our community chapters across the country have robust young professionals networks. Stay tuned for more!

I'm a community chapter leader of UNA-USA. How can I be supportive of GenUN and campus chapters?

The synergy of all our chapters is crucial to our success in helping the UN build a better world. Community chapters often offer internships to college students, work together with campus chapters to hold events, and serve as mentors to youth.

How is Model UN different from GenUN?

Model UN is an educational simulation of the United Nations, engaging students in the work of the UN by asking them to step into the shoes of ambassadors to solve problems.

GenUN is the next step- we ask students who are already engaged in UN issues to take action within their communities to promote the work of UN.

Who can I contact for information on partnering with UNA-USA and GenUN?

Contact Anna Mahalak, Youth Engagement Manager, at amahalak@unausa.org.

What is the banner next to my name on the GenUN site?

Badges are a fun way to display all of your help growing GenUN.  There are 5 types of badges you may see below your profile picture:

Supporter: Everyone who signs up and is GenUN!

Champion: You'll earn this once you take one of a number of actions on the GenUN site.

Member: Join a chapter in your local community, and you'll be a member!

Storyteller: Tell us a story about something great you've done with your chapter or in your hometown.

Leader: This special badge is reserved for Chapter leaders. Get involved today and this could be you!


Can high school students join GenUN?

The American youth voice is very important, and there are many way that students in middle and high school can engage with the Global Goals! While we are not establishing any new high school GenUN chapters,  here are some ways you can get involved!

Start a Model UN student club at your school.