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Curriculum Materials

Key to any Model UN program is a strong curriculum that engages students in the intricacies of the activity. Raise Your Placard hopes to combine Model UN strategy with international relations to create an enriching and educational experience for students.

Curriculum Materials

Key to any Model UN program is a strong curriculum that engages students in the intricacies of the activity. Raise Your Placard hopes to combine Model UN strategy with international relations to create an enriching and educational experience for students.

Intro to Model UN

As a preface to our program, students will learn about essential aspects of Model UN, such as parliamentary procedure, the timeline of a committee, and the format of working papers and resolutions.

Research

Students will learn how to properly research countries and their stances on various issues. Using this information, they will learn how to craft strong position papers for the conferences they attend.

Public Speaking

To present what they found in their research, students will learn how to captivate their committee rooms through their speeches. Additionally, students will learn about policy proposals in moderated caucuses.

Argumentation & Negotiation

Key to Model UN is the notion of collaboration. To emphasize this, students will not only learn how to defend their countries' stances, but also how to become leaders in their committees and bring others together.

International Relations

Through the Council of Foreign Relations' World 101, students will become informed on a plethora of fields relating to geopolitcs, such as cybercrime, global health, and terrorism.

 

Simulation Briefs

Outside of conferences, there are limited opportunities for students to get a feel for the committee setting. To remedy the lack of training  opportunities, Raise Your Placard will release Simulation Briefs every month, containing everything necessary to hold mock committees — from research materials to placards!

August Topic:

South China Seas

The South China Sea is oil rich, territorially ambiguous, and witness to the passing of over ⅓ of the world's shipping trade — roughly 5 trillion dollars worth. Ongoing conflict in the region has deep historical roots and dip into a number of pressing global issues such as the characteristics justifying territorial claims, the militarization of international waters and the maintaining of peace despite disregards to international law. Delegates participating in this simulation of the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) will be tasked with settling tensions revolving around the South China Sea.

Topic Brief

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Placards

September Topic:

The Levant

For the past 70 years, the Levant has had one of the largest centers of conflict in the world. The high density of different cultures, the historical significance of the region, and the borders fabricated by imperialist powers are factors that brought the Levant to the state that it is in now. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has dealt with the regional conflict in a variety of ways, such as by training local forces to help control threats in the region. Recent developments in the Levant challenge delegates participating in this simulation of NATO to discuss new methods to stabilize the region.

Topic Brief

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Placards

 

Conferences

Raise Your Placard has researched conferences that its partnering middle schools can attend throughout the academic year. Whether your school is interested in national or local events, there is no shortage of conferences!

Hosted by the Stuyvesant Model UN Team, StuyMUNC is an annual conference open to both high school and middle school delegates. This spring-time conference offers a mixed bag of General Assemblies, Specialized Committees, and Crisis Committees. StuyMUNC is a competitive and single-day conference that suits novice and experienced delegates alike.

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Raise Your Placard is a volunteer organization founded by members of the Bronx Science Model United Nations Team.