The Human Rights Summer Institute
- To create a cadre of young human rights activists in New York City who will lead their generation in promoting respect for human rights in the new millennium.
- To provide students with an active, participatory learning environment in which everyone strives together to act in accordance with human rights principles.
- To provide a multi-disciplinary, critical and creative framework for approaching human rights principles, problems, and visions.
- To provide youth and leadership development through hands-on group activist training.
In 2005 the Third Millennium Foundation piloted the Children's Rights Summer Institute with 15 high school students representing high schools in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx and New Jersey and 3 college-age mentors. Students were exposed to a broad range of human rights issues, focusing on the vulnerability of children in human rights conflicts. The multidisciplinary curriculum included interactive games, films, artwork, creative writing, theater, research, guest workshops conducted by representatives of organizations such as: The International Rescue Committee, the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving), and Res Publica. Students elected to focus their campaign to advance human rights on the Genocide in Darfur, Sudan. They held an event at the International Center for Tolerance Education for over 80 people to raise awareness about the Genocide and to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders' work in Sudan. The crux of their campaign was an independently published 'zine with their own artwork and writing in response to the Genocide.
For the 2006 Human Rights Summer Institute, high school 10th and 11th grade students are invited to apply in pairs:
Learning Together for Doing:
10-15 pairs of 10th and 11th grade students representing schools all over New York City and from diverse backgrounds will participate in interactive educational activities to learn about human rights issues and principles, to strategize implementing these principles globally and locally, and to integrate them into daily life. Interdisciplinary workshops will be led by young adult mentors, and a local-global mix of guest activists, service providers, and educators.
Learning by Doing Together:
Training in leadership, teamwork, creative social entrepreneurship, research and peer-facilitation will be provided. Through this training, a creative and collective group project will be produced to advance human rights.
Participants will be expected to engage actively in all programming. This includes attendance for the full six weeks as well as completion of all readings, individual assignments, and group-assigned project tasks in a timely manner. No previous knowledge of human rights is required.
Each participant will be provided with full program materials, transportation, daily lunch, and a $500 stipend.
Monday - Friday, from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., July 10 - August 18
The International Center for Tolerance Education, DUMBO, Brooklyn
Available to Download: HRSI Flyer and Application