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NYC high school students interested in fighting discrimination and bias have until June 30th to apply.

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The application cycle for CCHR’s 2024-2025 YES Council is now open!
The YES Council is the NYC Commission on Human Rights’ council of young leaders, between the ages of 14 and 18, who are interested in working on human rights issues in New York City. These young leaders advise the Commission on how to expand our engagement with young people and help guide our youth programming and events by providing feedback on workshops and trainings, informing us of issues and incidents related to bias and discrimination, and planning youth-related events.
Watch the video The purpose of the council is to build long-term engagement with young people interested in and committed to the mission of the Commission, and to empower young people to become actively engaged in fostering environments of inclusion and respect. Commission staff supports youth council members with trainings and other opportunities that helps to build their advocacy and organizing skills using a human rights framework. APPLY HERE
Decades Unmasked Get ready to embark on an adventure through time with “Decades Unmasked”, hosted by the Youth for Equity and Solidarity Council (YES Council). This event, in the form of a gallery walk, is not the average stroll through history. We are delving deep into the NYC student experience from 1990 all the way to 2024, but with a twist, we’re rocking those human rights lenses! This event is for High School students between the ages of 14-18. Adult stakeholders, parents, and CCHR staff are also welcomed! Date: Saturday, June 8th
Location: Fordham University
140 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023
Time: 11:00AM-3:00PM RSVP HERE
Students in NYC: Know Your Rights Factsheet Students attending schools and universities in New York City have the same protections under the New York City Human Rights Law as anyone who lives in, works in, or visits NYC. READ FACTSHEET
New York City Youth Give a Shout Out to Human Rights Worldwide Hundreds of teenagers from New York schools on Wednesday descended on UN Headquarters to discuss mental health, education, homelessness and systematic racism, as part of the build up to the 75th anniversary of Human Rights Day. READ ARTICLE