Raise Your Placard strives to use the power of Model United Nations to teach underprivileged students about international relations, public speaking, and research skills. Model UN is a debate based competitive activity that requires students to represent the viewpoints of an assigned nation and debate aspects of an assigned issue. Model UN produces global minded individuals preparing them for the world with both the ability to skillfully speak in front of their peers and the ability to understand the issues shaping their environment. By developing such skills, students will have gained the tools to fight for positive changes whether it be on a global scale or in their own communities.
Raise Your Placard (RYP) was the product of years of frustration over misrepresentation within the Model UN community. Schools with limited budgets were unable to attend as many conferences as stronger programs could. With few opportunities to compete, these underfunded programs would decline and the more advanced elements of Model UN would become inaccessible.
RYP works extensively with our partnering schools to build Model UN programs, promoting both the activity and its values throughout New York City. In targeting underserved communities, RYP hopes to teach students valuable life skills which will aid them in any career they seek. RYP does this through a multi-faceted curriculum, which covers both Model UN strategy and pressing geopolitical issues.
Raise Your Placard was established to help younger students figure out their place in the world and empower them to realize the power behind their voice. By mentoring middle schoolers about the procedures and conventions behind Model UN, as well as discussing international political issues, the UN, and even academics and preparation for high school, we hope to give students the opportunity to succeed despite the barriers of socioeconomic disparity.
What We Do
From beginning to end, the Raise Your Placard Team will work hand-in-hand with its partnering schools to establish strong Model UN programs. Beyond Model UN, however, Raise Your Placard works to create long-lasting networks of support for its participating students.
Director of Curriculums
Jack joined his high school’s Model UN team in the ninth grade and quickly fell in love with the activity. Throughout the last three years, he has traveled from conference to conference learning much about the idiosyncrasies of the MUN community and a plethora of geopolitical issues. As a Media Associate for Best Delegate and the Secretary-General of the Bronx Science Model UN team, Jack hopes that Raise Your Placard will bring up a new generation of MUNers. In his free time, Jack enjoys playing tennis, video-editing, and binging Parks and Rec!
Director of Outreach
Lillian joined the Bronx Science Model UN Team in her sophomore year, learning much about leadership and geopolitical issues. Lillian is currently a member of the Green Team and volunteers at the human rights non-profit, WITNESS. She loves The Office, baking, and poetry. Lillian found her niche in Model UN, developing an interest in international law. Since then she has made it her life's goal to pursue a more peaceful global community. In conducting outreach for Raise Your Placard, she hopes to give back as much as she has gained from the Model UN community.
Director of Logistics
Anthony has participated in student government as a cabinet member and the recently-elected S.O. President, and has observed the amount of hard work, grit and leadership it takes to be a leader in the world today. He has spent three years in Model UN, where he has learned valuable lessons about working together and getting his voice heard and understood. On his off time he enjoys writing screenplays for movies, theatre, and playing guitar
Director of Finances
Jachym started Model UN in the seventh grade and knows the impact that thinking about international affairs can have on youth. While pursuing a path in STEM, Jachym enjoys learning about history and philosophy, tying in nicely with his experiences in MUN. While not at a conference or school, Jachym enjoys to play guitar, ski, and bike.
Meet Our Team
Raise Your Placard was founded by four members of the Bronx Science Model UN Team. With a commitment to quality mentorship, the Raise Your Placard Team has extensive experience in both national and local conferences.