IGNIS HK’s roots began as IGNIS Model United Nations (IGNIS MUN) in 2013. IGNIS MUN was founded by team of three, including Diana Siu, Jason Wong and Ryan Tang.
Diana, Jason and Ryan were avid MUN delegates, believing that MUN, an academic simulation of the UN, enables students to see the world from a global perspective, gain a deeper understanding of contemporary issues, and acquire the skills to conduct research and to speak confidently in public.
They identified a need to bring MUN into more schools so that more students can benefit from this highly rewarding activity. In particular, IGNIS MUN was aimed at schools that do not have the resources or expertise to establish their own MUN clubs or take part in local conferences.
In 2014, Jason and Ryan matriculated to university, while Diana, who was still in high school, decided to re-establish the one-off student initiative into what is known as IGNIS HK today, a student-led community service organization with the broader goal of alleviating educational inequality in Hong Kong. Now a university student, Diana remains heavily involved with IGNIS HK as the Director, overseeing the work of the high-school leaders on the Executive Board, and continuing her mentorship work with IGNIS HK program participants.
At IGNIS HK, we work together to bring a personalized experience to each and every student, giving strong emphasis to a low mentor-to-mentee ratios, seeing that small class sizes have been proven to close the “achievement gap” between privileged and less privileged students. We aspire to provide each student with as much individual attention as possible, and work one-on-one with students throughout programs and beyond to help them achieve their academic goals.
Our Executive Board members and mentors are a group of diverse and talented high-school students who strongly believe in giving back to the Hong Kong community. They use their skills for a good cause, sharing their educational resources and creating educational opportunities for students who otherwise would not be able to access certain educational privileges, such as MUN conferencing or university counselling. Throughout the years, some 50 student mentors have been able to reach out to over 400 students from over 30 local secondary schools in IGNIS HK’s programs.