TGC & Human Rights Symposium

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The Giving Circle and the Capital Region Institute for Human Rights are partnering again to bring you the 2020 Teen Summer Symposium on Human Rights, a three-day workshop open to incoming high school freshmen through graduating seniors, who are interested in history, social justice, politics, and international relations. The goals of the Teen Summer Symposium are to provide participants with a deeper understanding of human rights history and humanitarian issues today and to inspire them to have a positive impact on the world.

We are very proud to be part of this event! Click here to register!

Below you’ll find some of this summer’s speakers: 
  • We are honored to welcome Holocaust survivor Ivan Vamos, who will share his experiences and how young people can take a stand against hatred and bigotry.
  • We are excited to welcome Citizen Action,  a grassroots organization focused on social, racial, economic and environmental justice.  Presenters will lead participants in an interactive session on inequality in America.
  • Clean and Healthy New York, Inc. (CHNY) advances broad policy and market changes to promote safer chemicals, a sustainable economy, and a healthier world. We are excited they will share with participants how they can support environmental justice. Learn more here.
  •  We are thrilled to welcome back James Shultis, an LGBT+ rights advocate, community educator, and creative writer currently living in Western Massachusetts. With a long history of working in community non-profits, they will share how young people can organize and mobilize to raise awareness about issues important to them.
  • We are excited to welcome back Samira Sangare, a poet and social justice activist, who will share with students the power of poetry to highlight issues of injustice and lead a slam poetry session. Originally from this area, and a graduate of Shenendehowa High School, Samira hopes to get her MA and Doctorate in Peace Studies and Social Justice.
  • Several state legislators will answer questions about the election process, voting, lobbying, and provide insight into how to be an active and engaged citizen.

In addition to hearing from international and nationally recognized human rights advocates and educators, participants will also have the opportunity to choose four workshops to attend. Here are some of the topics we will cover:

  • Racial Justice
  • Environmental Justice
  • Ableism
  • Women’s Rights
  • LGBT+ Equality
  • Immigration and Human Rights
  • Syria
  • Getting involved in global causes
  • Slam Poetry
  • Mindfulness
  • Civic Engagement and Lobbying for Your Cause
  • Watch our youtube video to learn more
June 29 – July 1 NYSUT headquarters, Latham, NY.

Dates and Times:
Monday through Wednesday, June 29 – July 1
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
800 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, NY 12110.

Tuition: $150.00 includes: T-shirt, lunches, books and materials. Limited need-based scholarships are available.

Now in its sixth year, The 2020 Teen Summer Symposium on Human Rightsis a three-day workshop open to incoming high school freshmen through graduating seniors, who are interested in history, social justice, politics, and international relations. The goals of the Teen Summer Symposium are to provide participants with a deeper understanding of human rights history and humanitarian issues today and inspire them to have a positive impact on the world.

Participants in the 2020 Teen Summer Symposium will have the opportunity to work with teachers and community leaders, and hear from human rights experts and advocates.

Through participating in hands-on learning activities and discussions, participants will gain the knowledge, know-how, and network to help them make a difference.

We are very proud to be part of this event! Click here to register!