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High School Student Leaders

This popular event attracts over 400 students and educators from over 30 high schools.  Dynamic keynote addresses focus on human rights abuses and injustices, and the importance of youthful leadership in confronting prejudice and discrimination.

Our Student Institute is intended to further our mission by promoting student awareness of human rights issues on both local and global levels, and to empower students to be upstanders by creating and implementing Action Plans in their schools and communities.

 

Small-group workshops led by experienced student facilitators encourage frank discussion. Participating schools encourage and help their students to produce an activist response to some appropriate human rights cause.

Schools must be registered to participate.

Recent Keynote Speakers:

2017

Danielle Butin
Executive Director
AFYA Foundation

2016

Judith Altmann
Holocaust survivor

2015

Louis Moreno-Ocampo
First Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court

2014

Alison Crowther
Founder of The Red Bandanna Project

2013

Sheryl WuDunn
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Author of Half the Sky

Testimonials

"I felt that the songs and personal stories [from the keynote speakers] shared in today's program were very effective. This showed how much the speakers were connected to and cared about their cause. This helped me feel connected and want to make even more of a change [in the world]."

- Alexander Hamilton High School 10th Grade Student

"...I learned that all people are different and small things can make the world a better place... My assumptions about people are wrong; I need to rise above judgements and now I can... An average person can make a difference."

- Carmel High School 10th Grade Student

Middle School Student Leaders

The Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center is pleased to announce its third annual Human Rights Institute for Middle School Student Leaders which will take place on Tuesday, November 14 and Thursday, November 16, 2017 at New York Medical College in Hawthorne.  Seventh grade students from invited middle schools in Westchester and Fairfield Counties will participate in this day long event. In order to increase the number of schools attending but maintain the number of students participating , we made the decision to hold two Middle School Human Rights Institutes during the same week.  The goal of the Institute is to lay the foundation for encouraging students to be upstanders rather than bystanders.  The two main themes will be Respecting the Individual and How to Be an Upstander.

The program will include a keynote presentation by Sheila Arnold, lead performer of History's Alive!, breakout sessions on our two themes, and an afternoon session with school groups.  There will also be participation from high school students who facilitated workshops at our Human Rights Institute for High School Student Leaders on March 16, 2017.

Please contact Julie Scallero, Co-Director of Education, at jscallero@hhrecny.org for further information.

We gratefully acknowledge that The Human Rights Institute for Middle School Student Leaders is generously underwritten by Emily and Richard Cohen