Youth Champions 4 Human Rights
In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, quest for equality for all, we developed a program called "Youth Champions 4 Human Rights" designed to help school-age children between the ages 13 to 17 years old.
Students become empowered students in their community, to enable them to make connections between the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and themselves, in addition to making connections between the UDHR and the world; that will contribute to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
The "Youth Champions 4 Human Rights" project focus is middle and high school students, within the Hillsborough County Public Schools, which serves nearly 200,000 students county-wide. We are the 8th largest school district in the nation.
We expect students participating in this coordinated program, exhibit significantly lower rates of human rights violation, develop a greater understanding of human rights, and report abuses that occur in their schools.
The ‘LINKids Vote’ project is designed to educate and motivate youth to vote in the future as adults. The curriculum is comprehensive and seeks to develop information- gathering skills in students to aid in critical decision-making, including activities on how to register to vote, early voting, absentee voting, historical voting issues, election process, understanding issues, and identifying leadership characteristics in candidates.
This program gives students an opportunity to be contributing members of their communities by creating sub-committees that are governed, orchestrated, and participated by children who will practice the electorate process.
Our primary objective is to help students become informed citizens and to acquire a voting habit, so that, as adults, they will become active citizens; and to offer young children an opportunity to serve their community; playing vital roles as leaders and productive citizens while developing interpersonal, decision-making and communication skills that will prepare them to become future role models among their peers.