We believe every person can make a difference. Open to any 9-12th grade student, over 150 teens from the Capital Region have attended the Teen Summer Symposium on Human Rights. Each fall, participants return to their schools and communities inspired to improve the lives of others.
Check out the schools they attend and consider being the first from your school. You’ll also find a list of projects created by teens who have attended the Symposium.
|Ballston Spa High School||Bethlehem High School|
|Broadalbin Perth||Burnt Hills High School|
|Doane Stuart||Emma Willard|
|Fort Johnson||Maple Ave Middle School|
|Maple Hill High School||Saratoga Springs High School|
|Schalmont High School||Schenectady High School|
|Shaker High School||Shaker Middle School|
|South Colonie High School||Guilderland High School|
|Troy High School
Tamarac High School
Academy of the Holy Names
Shenendahowa High School
| Albany High School
Tech Valley High School
Coxsackie-Athens High School
Niskayuna High School
Projects created by Teen Summer Symposium attendees
- Arts and food festival to benefit RISSE, a local refugee support organization. Read this Times Union article to learn more.
- Coordinating donations from local restaurants to benefit The South End Children’s Cafe
- Partnering with First Book and teachers to improve literacy in their districts
- Starting a letter writing campaign to benefit the homeless in Saratoga
- Raising $2,000 for The Giving Circle, a humanitarian relief organization, in support of Uganda’s first school for the deaf
- Advocating for their schools to become fair trade schools
- Developing online resources to support mental health
- Engaging students from New York’s 213 Key Clubs to support the building of a community farm in Uganda with The Giving Circle.
- Creating The Book Shelf a community-wide book drive for students and families in need. To learn more about this project and how you can support this student’s work, visit her website: thebookshelffundraiser.weebly.com. Also, check out this Times Union article about her work.
- Creating a human rights day at their schools and leading breakout sessions on social justice topics.
- Starting service organizations at their schools
You can make a difference too! Attend the Teen Summer Symposium and..
- Meet teens who share your interests.
- Meet human rights advocates.
- Develop the leadership skills that will help you make a difference.
- Explore careers in human rights.
- Create an advocacy plan to raise awareness about a human rights issue.
- Discover your passion for helping others.
- Learn how to change the world.
Ready to learn more? Watch this video about the 2016 program.