Tampa Bay Community Supports Education at 8th Annual Golf Tournament!

October 9, 2016 | Tampa, FL

UNA-Tampa Bay would like to recognize the tremendous community support of our education programs. This past Saturday, October 8, UNA-Tampa Bay hosted our 8th Annual Ambassador Cup Golf Tournament which fundraises for our yearly education initiatives.

This year UNA-Tampa Bay received a generous gift from the estate of our former chapter president, Paul Yingst. Paul served on the Board of UNA-Tampa Bay for many years and was one of our chapter’s founding members. He was a strong advocate of education, peace-building, and the United Nations. We are honored to count him as one of our members and his tireless commitment has left an indelible mark on our organization’s success and the Tampa Bay community.

UNA-Tampa Bay also received a generous donation from Synergy Settlements, as well as other community partners and private donors. We are truly grateful for your commitment to UNA-Tampa Bay, our mission, and our commitment to internationally-focused education programs in the greater Tampa Bay area.

Donations to UNA-Tampa Bay can be made year-round online or by check. UNA-Tampa Bay is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. UNA-Tampa Bay is led by an entirely non-compensated, all volunteer Board of Directors.

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3rd Annual Welcoming Week Cultural Festival

September 18, 2016 | Tampa FL

We are proud to announce that National Welcoming Week was a tremendous success with over 650 people attending an additional 100+ student volunteers assisting with hosting the event.

This year’s cultural festival was hosted through a collaboration of organizations including UNA-Tampa Bay, the Tampa Bay Refugee Task Force, USF Honors College, the USF Department of Global Health, the Disaster and Humanitarian Relief Student Collaboration, COPTIC, in addition to several other local organizations.

In recognition of this year’s theme, “Small Shoes, Big Journey,” a community shoe drive was organized by 10 year old Rachel Ackey whose father was resettled as a refugee 20 years ago. Rachel was featured on local news station WFLA. Over 350 pairs of shoes were distributed to refugee children.

UNA-USA donated backpacks to children through the Adopt-A-Future Program and private donors.

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UNA-Tampa Bay Advocates in Washington D.C. at Annual Leadership Conference

July 12, 2016 | Tampa, FL

Each year our national organization, the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) hosts a leadership conference in Washington, D.C. which recognizes chapter successes, establishes and shares best practices, sets strategic goals for the organization’s future, and advocates for the mission of the United Nations.

Several members of UNA-Tampa Bay attended and represented our chapter at this year’s event. A key feature of UNA-USA’s four-day leadership conference is an advocacy day on Capitol Hill. UNA-Tampa Bay coordinated with other Florida UNA-USA chapters to promote a unified, cohesive message to our elected representatives. Collectively, our local chapters visited the offices of Senator’s Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, and Representative’s Gus Bilirakis, Kathy Castor, Federica Wilson, Dennis Ross, and Alcee Hastings.

The third day of the conference was focused on education, a cornerstone mission of UNA-USA and UNA-Tampa Bay. Presentations, panel discussions, and lectures focused on the United Nation’s Global Goals, refugee integration, climate change, gender equality, and innovative teaching methods.

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Local Vigils for Pulse Victims

June 12, 2016 | Tampa, FL

UNA-Tampa Bay is saddened by the events this morning at Pulse in Orlando, Florida, and our hearts are with the victims and their families.

In an effort to help promote community support and healing, we wish to share information on two local vigils being held tonight:

  • Ybor Metro Wellness & Community Center | 1315 E. 7th Ave., Tampa: 7-10PM | Group meeting at park at 7:00PM with silent march to River Walk
  • St. Petersburg City Hall | 175 5th St. North, St. Petersburg: 8 PM



UNA-Tampa Bay Achieves GuideStar Bronze Certification!

June 11, 2016 | Tampa, FL

In an effort to promote transparency as UNA-Tampa Bay continues to grow, we are proud to announce that we are now a GuideStar Bronze Participant. GuideStar is a service that provides, “information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.”

Bronze level participation in GuideStar’s program provides a level of transparency for the public for non-profit organizations. By achieving this level of participation, the public will have greater visibility into the activities of UNA-Tampa Bay which will allow it to assess its effectiveness and will aid in making a decision to support  UNA-Tampa Bay in its mission.

UNA-Tampa Bay will be pursuing further levels of participation with GuideStar which will provide even more information and transparency on the efforts and effectiveness of UNA-Tampa Bay.

Review our profile on GuideStar here.

You can find more information about GuideStar by clicking here.

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Give Day Tampa Bay – May 3rd!

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What is Give Day Tampa Bay?

It is an annual, online fundraising drive for Tampa Bay non-profit organizations. The drive aims to increase awareness of local philanthropic efforts while donations from community businesses and sponsors boosts funds raised by non-profits. Random prizes are also given throughout the day to participating non-profits.

What Does My Donation Support?

All of UNA-Tampa Bay’s educational programs, conferences, lectures, and advocacy efforts are supported by donations and community sponsorship. Our Board of Directors serves on a voluntary, non-compensated basis and we maintain no office and no overhead costs. All funds support our local programs and advocacy work.

How Can I Help?

Save the date (May 3, 2016) and donate online at https://giveday.org/.

How Can I Donate?

Donations can be made by debit or credit card on May 3, 2016 at https://giveday.org/. Visit our profile on Give Day at https://giveday.org/npo/unausa-tampa-bay-chapter.

Can I Donate Locally?

Yes. We’ve partnered with Thirsty Marlin (1023 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor, FL 34683)! Donation envelopes for UNA-Tampa Bay will be available at tables and can be turned into staff there. Donations will be accepted through May 3!

Are Donations Tax-Deductible?

Yes. UNA-Tampa Bay is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible. If you need documentation for tax purposes, please contact us.

Still Have Questions?

Check out Give Day Tampa Bay’s FAQ page or contact us.

This page will be updated periodically as more information becomes available



MUN Brings More Than 170 Middle and High School Students Together to Tackle Climate Change

April 22, 2016 | Tampa, FL

UNA-Tampa Bay hosted its annual Model United Nations Conference at the University of South Florida’s Marshall Student Center on April 22, Earth Day. Our flagship Model United Nations conference, established in 2002, brings middle and high school students together to debate, discuss, and analyze global simulated scenarios.

This year the theme was climate change and students addressed these challenges by simulating the following United Nations bodies and topics:

High School
Security Council: Ecological Terrorism
UNEP: Climate Change

Middle School
General Assembly: Financing for Development, Non Self Governing Territories
ECOSOC – Youth Employment for Sustainable Development, Education in Post Conflict Situations

Susan Glickman, Florida Director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, provided this year’s keynote speech. Her dynamic and energizing speech challenged the young delegates to consider the variety of ways in which they can address climate change issues.

The following schools participated in this year’s conference: Franklin Middle School, Giunta Middle School, Liberty Middle School, Walker Middle School, Wilson Middle School, Freedom High School, King High School, Middleton High School, Steinbrenner High School, and Palm Harbor University.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our USF student chapter and our award winning USF Model United Nations team for organizing and staffing this event with volunteers! Special thanks to our treasurer, Dr. Kelly Miliziano!

Learn more about our annual Model United Nations and Model Arab League conferences.
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University of Tampa and UNA-Tampa Bay Host Human Rights Conference

April 23, 2016 | Tampa, FL

On Saturday April 23rd, the University of Tampa and UNA-Tampa Bay hosted an all-day conference on human rights and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) at the University of Tampa’s Vaughn Center.

This year’s keynote address was Jamil Dakwar, director of the ACLU’s Human Rights Program. Tampa City Councilwoman Lisa Montelione (district 7) gave a keynote speech on CEDAW and the role of city council’s and local government in promoting gender equality.

Representatives and members from the League of Women Voters, the Florida Department of Health, Equality Florida, YWCA, Enterprising Latinas, Radiant Hands, Pepin Academies, Eckerd College, and the University of South Florida gave presentations.

A film screening and panel discussion of Escaping Syria (2015) was held prior to the conference. An art showing of the Red Sand Project, displaying activist artwork created by Molly Gochman created opportunities for people to question, connect, and take action against human trafficking. This year’s event concluded with a screening and moderated discussion of Rape in the Fields (link: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/rape-in-the-fields/  (2013), a PBS documentary.

We would like to thank all of our presenters and those that attended for making this year’s conference an engaging, informative, and successful event! Special thanks to our education director Dr. Marcus Arvan!

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UNA-Tampa Bay Enters Partnership With Tampa Bay Refugee Task Force!

April 22, 2016 | Tampa, FL

UNA-Tampa Bay is proud to announce that we’re partnering with the Tampa Bay Refugee Task Force! The Tampa Bay Refugee Task Force is coordinated through the Florida Department of Children and Families and is funded through federal grants. The Task Force builds partnerships with national, state, and local entities to help refugees settle, integrate, and thrive in our community.

Our Chapter looks forward to this new partnership with the Tampa Bay Refugee Task Force and the opportunity to further engage with and advocate for our local community.

On June 17, the Tampa Bay Refugee Task Force will host World Refugee Day at Pinellas Technical College (PTC). At the event, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will naturalize more than 30 former refugees as U.S. citizens. A film screening of Refugees: Road To Success created by PTC’s Digital Video Department will follow. This event is coordinated through PTC, USCIS, the Florida Department of Children and Families Refugee Services, and the Pinellas Refugee Education Program.

In 2015, Hillsborough county became the first welcoming county in the state of Florida.

To learn more about the Florida Department of Children and Families Refugee Services, see www.dcf.state.fl.us/refugee

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More Than 171 Countries Sign United Nations Paris Climate Agreement on Earth Day!

April 22, 2016 | Tampa, FL

On April 22, 2016, more than 171 countries signed the United Nations Paris Agreement on climate change at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Among other things, the Agreement calls on countries to set targets for their carbon emissions with scheduled updates to occur every five years. This signing occurred following a breakthrough in negotiations in December 2015 and occurred on the 46th Earth Day.

Nations that sign onto the treaty must officially ratify it through domestic procedures before it goes into force.

UN-Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made the following remarks:

“We have made historic progress today, taking the next step to move from the aspirations of COP21 to action on the ground. The Paris Agreement provides the policy certainty and clear direction requested by the private sector, civil society and local leaders. Now we must take climate action to the next level. By acting on climate, we advance the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda. National, state and provincial governments, cities, the private sector, investors, and the public at large – all are crucial to tackling the serious dangers posed by climate change.”UNF-Paris-agreement-part2 - Copy

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry echoed these sentiments with the following:

“For sure, the agreement that we reached in Paris is the strongest, most ambitious global climate pact ever negotiated.  But the power of this agreement is not that it, in and of itself, guarantees that we will actually hold the increase of temperature to the target of 1.5 degrees or 2 degrees centigrade.  In fact, it does not and we know that, we acknowledge it.  The power of this agreement is the opportunity that it creates.  The power is the message that it sends to the marketplace.  It is the unmistakable signal that innovation, entrepreneurial activity, the allocation of capital, the decisions that governments make, all of this is what we now know definitively is what is going to define the new energy future – a future that is already being defined but even yet to be discovered.  The power of this agreement is what it is going to do to unleash the private sector, and it is already doing to set in pace the global economy on a new path for smart, responsible, sustainable development.”

The United Nations Association-Tampa Bay Chapter is pursuing local initiatives on the topics of climate change and sustainability as part of our Global Goals for Sustainable Development programming. These efforts involve public events, educational lectures, talks, and movie screenings, and engagement with all levels of the community including the general public, K-12, and University students.

This year’s Model United Nations Conference, our annual educational event attended by hundreds of middle, high school, and university students, centered its core theme around climate change and its impact. Learn more about our Model United Nations program.

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