TGC & Human Rights Symposium

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The Giving Circle and the Capital Region Institute for Human Rights are partnering to bring you the 2016 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.

Mark Bertrand, TGC Founder, will give a presentation at the event for the 2nd year.  We are very proud to be part of this event!  Click here to register!

The 2016 Program Includes:

July 18 – July 21, 2016 NYSUT headquarters, Latham, NY.

Dates and Times
Monday through Thursday, July 18th – 21st
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
800 Troy-Schnectady Road, Latham, NY 12110.

Cost $150.00 includes: T-shirt, lunches, books and materials. Scholarships are available.

The 2016 Teen Summer Symposium on Human Rights is 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.

Participants in the 2016 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.

Highlights of this year’s program

  • Meet human rights advocates. We will be joined by international human rights activist and founder of the Zabuli Education Center in Afghanistan, Razia Jan and Lecia Brooks, Outreach Director of The Southern Poverty Law Center.
  • Learn about human rights issues affecting people around the world:
    • GLSEN board member, Jack Einstein, will discuss LGBT+ rights around the world
    • Annu Subramanian, author of Another Heaven, will discuss the global impact of human trafficking
    • Rory Gerberg, Adrienne Hall Fellow at Harvard University, will share with participants the power of student activism and how young people can improve the world
    • There will be a special focus on the crisis in Syria, women’s rights, 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.