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 2017 Teen Summer Symposium on Human Rights, a four-day workshop open to incoming 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.

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

Dates and Times

Monday through Wednesday, August 14 – 16th
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
NYSUT Headquarters
800 Troy-Schnectady Road, Latham, NY 12110.

Cost $125.00 includes: T-shirt, lunches, books and materials. Scholarships are available.

Participants in the 2017 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 still in the planning stages, but here are some highlights of this year’s program. 

  • Meet human rights advocates. We will be joined by Professor David Crane, the founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, an international war crimes tribunal, appointed to that position by Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan. Dr. Crane will share with us an update on Syria and what teens can do to help.
  • We will be joined by local Holocaust survivor Ivan Vamos.
  • Learn about human rights issues affecting people around the world:
    • Rory Gerberg, Adrienne Hall Fellow at Harvard University, will discuss women’s rights and how young people can make a difference.
    •  Jack Einstein, founder of the I AM HUMAN project  will discuss LGBT+ rights in schools.
    • Mark Bertrand, founder of The Giving Circle, will discuss the role of NGOs in addressing needs around the world.
    • There will be a special focus on the crisis in Syria, the environment and more.
  • Connect with a panel of local teen human rights activists and learn about what they are doing and what you can do to raise awareness about human rights abuses.
  • Create and execute a plan to raise awareness about a human rights issue important to you.
  • Develop the leadership skills and tools that will help you make a difference in your community and the world.

Exciting new presenters just added to this years event!

  • Lourds Lane – founder of SuperYOU Fundation and TedX Talk!
  • Nang Atal – a good friend of The Giving Circle, from Afganistan.  This is a young man with a story your child will never forget!  Click here and here for interesting articles.  Atal will SKYPE from Afganistan for the Human Rights Symposium.
  • Alyx Gleason & Miranda Marnes – Siena College e-NABLE club making prosthetics for children (including our very own Veronica whom you will meet here).