Pasadena

"Our mission is to generate local support for the United Nations and its commitment to permanent global peace, justice, freedom and well being. ​Won't you join us?"
Daria Makuch
President, Pasadena Chapter UNA

Got Questions?

We're easy to reach on social media or directly. Reach out to us at unapasadena@gmail.com.

Int'l Womens' Day 2019

What We Did in 2018...

Coming Soon! Our Next Adopt-A-Future Project!

In June 2018, UNA Pasadena presented a joyous evening of music performances in association with the acclaimed Colburn School. Your ticket purchases to this very special event provided educational opportunities to children who would otherwise not have access to education in refugee camps. We invite you to watch the video below for insight into the healing power that music has provided one young refugee from Syria, and to learn more about the Adopt-A-Future Benefit Concert.
The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, is working to prevent a lost generation by educating refugee children in camps and other settings around the world. But they need our help. ​ In response to this call, UNA-USA has recently partnered with USA for UNHCR — the only organization in the United States authorized by UNHCR to raise awareness and funds for the United Nations — to launch the Adopt-a-Future initiative, which links Americans directly to students and schools around the world. ​Check out the UNHCR’s report, Left Behind: Refugee Education in Crisis, which tells the stories of some of the world’s 6.4 million refugee children and adolescents under UNHCR’s mandate who are of primary and secondary school-going age, between 5 and 17. Also check out the UNHCR’s report on Kenya’s primary education.

Our next Adopt-A-Future is coming in June! Details coming!

Past Events...

  • International Women’s Day – March 8th, 2018
  • Adopt-A-Future Benefit Concert - June 22nd, 2018
  • UN Day – October 20th, 2018
  • Human Rights Day – December 8th
  • Annual Meeting – January 26th 9am -12pm

Future Events...

Join Us for a Coffee Talk...

Or Model UN...

"How have I not been doing this all these years?"
Yiming Ye
Senior at Arcadia High School who represented Lebanon on the UN High Commission for Refugees Committee on the Syrian Refugee Crisis at our 2016 conference.

Half a Million Americans have participated in Model UN.

MUN has seen rapid growth over the past several decades and several of today’s leaders in law, government, business, and the arts participated in MUN – from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, to Chelsea Clinton, to actor Samuel L. Jackson.

The Pasadena Chapter offers in‐class training for high school classes. This equips participants with an understanding of UN processes and grounding in simulations so they are ready for full engagement in a fantastic conference.

Meet Our Executive Board

Daria Makuch

President

Daria Makuch earned a B.A. in Communication with a minor in French from California State University San Marcos. She continued with a Global M.A. in

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Judith
Harris

Secretary

Current President of the Southern California Division of UNA-USA and Representative on the CCR-Steering Committee at the national level. Judith joined the Pasadena Chapter in

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Jon
Hainer

Treasurer

Jon Hainer was a lender at three very large banks for two dozen years. He co-founded and co-ran a flavored organic peanut butter business for

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Meet Our Board of Directors

Chief Executive Officer and Senior Consultant for Integral Prudence Solutions which specializes in education, health and business consulting. Wenli is a motivational speaker, former TEDx

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​Dr. Wolfe has 25 years of dedicated social justice experience through leading and consulting on Diversity & Inclusion initiatives and is President of Legacy In

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Volunteer / Intern / Mentee Positions Available!

Volunteer Position:

  • Assist setting up and taking down on the day of an event.
  • If desired assist in setting up the event prior to day of with board members or event chair.
  • Engage with participants at the event, if training is needed it will be provided. Example, if we make origami at an event, a board member will teach you how to make the origami and then you can help others make the origami.
  • Share flyers of our event and let friends know about the activities we put on.

Volunteer Photographer:

  • Attend events and photograph the program, the attendees, and the activities.
  • Free to use artistic creativity.
  • Make sure all photos are sent to the executive board or president within two weeks of the event.

Intern / Mentee Positions:

  • Social Media Intern
    Assist with UNA USA Pasadena social media, web presence, Facebook, and Instagram.
  • Secretary Mentee
    Be an active member who learns secretary duties under the UNA Pasadena Secretary. Should volunteer at two or more events during the year. Meets at least once every two months with the Secretary.
  • Treasurer Mentee
    Be an active member who learns the treasurer duties from the UNA Pasadena Treasurer. Should volunteer at two or more events during the year. Meets at least once every two months with the Treasurer.
  • Presidential Mentee
    Be an active member who learns about presidential duties from the UNA Pasadena President. Should volunteer at two or more events during the year. Meets at least once every two months with the President.