2016 Program

2016 Teen Summer Symposium on Human Rights

Our 2016 theme was “Our Time is Now” and focused on empowering teens with the tools and confidence to get involved in causes important to them.  We welcomed 47 teens from 8 area districts to learn about national and international human rights topics. Here are the highlights:

  •  We were joined by Razia Jan, international human rights activist and founder of the Zabuli Education Center in Afghanistan and Lecia Brooks, Outreach Director of The Southern Poverty Law Center.
  • We met local and international leaders in human rights:
    • Annu Subramanian author of Another Heaven  discussed the global impact of human trafficking
    • Tracie Killar, founder of The South End Children’s cafe spoke about food insecurity in our area and how teens can help.
    • The staff of The Global Institute for Health and Human Rights taught us about their international programs in public health and education. They also shared information about internships.
    • Rory Gerberg, Adrienne Hall Fellow at Harvard University, spoke about the power of student activism and how young people can improve the world
    • Mark Bertrand, founder of The Giving Circle, shared the role of NGOs in addressing needs around the world.

To learn how our 2016 class is giving back, visit our “Why attend” page.