Why should you attend the 2017 Teen Summer Symposium?

We believe every person can make a difference. Open to any 9-12th grade student, over 100 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
Troy High School

Projects created by Teen Summer Symposium attendees (2015 and 2016)

  • 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.