Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of United Nations General Assembly committees and other bodies that constitute the UN system. Students step into the shoes of ambassadors to the UN and debate issues currently on the UN agenda. While role-playing, student “delegates” negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, prepare draft resolutions, make speeches, and navigate the MUN Conference Rules of Procedure – all in the interest of mobilizing 'international cooperation', with the goal of resolving problems affecting countries around the world.
Over the past 15 years, students have attended a number of conferences including the Secondary Schools’ United Nations Symposium (SSUNS) at McGill University, the York University Model UN, the University of Toronto Model UN (UTMUN), and the Appleby College Model UN (ACMUN) conferences, and the Harvard Model UN Conference.
DECA is a leading, innovative program for secondary school students which creates professional partnerships and experiential learning opportunities, allowing students to develop confidence, employability skills and demonstrate leadership.
Mentor College’s DECA chapter competes at the regional, provincial, and international level through business case study competitions and written tests. Case studies and tests are focused on the topics of marketing, finance, and entrepreneurship while also providing the opportunity to enhance presentation skills, problem-solve, and build networks.
The team's success rate at the regional level continues to be one of the highest in the Ontario (an average of 80% of the team qualified for provincials over the past 3 years). Mentor College has been represented at the international level for the past three years in a row.
Debate Team offers the students the opportunity to enhance their research, critical thinking, and public speaking skills. Team members engage in multiple formats of debate, such as the British Parliamentary Style and Canadian National Debating Format in order to learn how to express themselves in a formal and effective manner. Shifting between competition and cooperation, students are able to both collaborate and challenge each other over a multitude of controversial topics as they practice for formal competition.
In 2018-2019, Mentor's Debate Team advanced to the provincial competition for the first time in the school's history and competed against nearly 40 teams from across Ontario in a tournament held in Ottawa.