Using an online format, participants in the Wassmuth Center’s Human Rights Leadership Program explore human rights while practicing civic skills and fostering civic dispositions that build community. The program can start with one student or with a team of students working together and passionate about human rights. It ends with a student-led social action project designed to foster a culture and climate of human rights and human dignity in the school.
As Margaret Mead stated, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Participants can earn a Human Rights Ambassador certificate by completing the program’s three online modules:
*OPTIONAL – Submitted essays can be entered in the Wassmuth Center’s annual “Human Rights Essay Contest.”
Using readings from Clifton Taulbert’s Eights Habits of the Heart, and project-based instruction inspired by The World We Want Foundation, the Module One lessons are presented in 20-minute increments. Lessons include:
Objective: Emphasize the importance of becoming a leader by introducing human rights knowledge, civic skills and civic dispositions that build community.
Objective: Define human rights and identify the thirty articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Clifton Taulbert’s reading on “Brotherhood” exemplifies how to reach beyond individual comfort to embrace a shared humanity.
Objective: Advocate for a world based on respect and dignity. Friendship forms the bridge between people and promotes an opportunity to make a difference.
Objective: Identify and assess leadership styles. Taulbert sets high expectations for participants.
Objective: Develop responsibility and dependability as important leadership skills. The Spiral of Injustice is introduced.
Objective: Stand up and speak out as exemplified by Madison Kimrey and Mary Beth Tinker. The Wassmuth Center shares information on interrupting the Spiral of Injustice.
Objective: Think unselfishly and act for the good of humanity. A leader creates a community of human dignity and common purpose to stand up against hate.
Designed and delivered by the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, the leadership program is password-protected and open only to registered schools and/or participants.
There is no set program start or end dates; scheduling and completion of the program can be determined according to individual, team, classroom or school implementation.
“This program is about more than just teaching you about leadership and human rights; it puts you on the path to becoming a better citizen of our world” said a former program participant.
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