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How to Have an Impact on Human Rights

| May 24, 2021

Registration is open for a three-day leadership workshop for students who are interested in social justice, history, and international relations. The target range is students in eighth grade through the class of 2021. 

“Now in its 7th year, the Teen Summer Symposium on Human Rights is the premier opportunity in the region for students who want to be change makers, to meet other interested students and learn the skills of advocacy to create the change that they want to see in the world,” said Deputy Superintendent Kathleen Skeals. 

It will be a virtual event Monday to Wednesday, June 28-30, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Tuition is $75 and includes a book, button, and materials. Limited need-based scholarships are available.

This year’s symposium, “Change Begins With You” is organized by North Colonie faculty Thea MacFawn and Kelly Wetherbee. More than 400 students from 24 area schools, as well as students from across the country, have attended to date.

Through workshops and activities, students will learn about major human rights issues including:

  • Racial Justice
  • Economic Justice
  • Environmental Justice
  • Women’s Rights
  • Food Insecurity
  • LGBTQ+ Rights
  • Educational Justice
  • Disability Rights 
  • Youth Organizing 
  • Clean Water
  • News and Information Literacy.

Any questions should be sent to To register and learn more about this program, including the full list of speakers please go to the website:

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