The Speak Truth to Power program is a first-ever virtual Youth Summer Series for students interested in human rights, social justice, theater and the arts, community organizing, and creating meaningful change in their communities and in themselves. The series will include two programs: Youth Organizing and the Arts and Human Rights. Sessions are open to students in grades six through university level, and space is limited so be sure to register! If you have questions, please contact us at sttp@rfkhumanrights.org.

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Young Leaders is a network of young professionals from a wide range of fields—including finance, art, education, technology, law, marketing—who share a commitment to effecting change in creative and meaningful ways. RFKYL has developed an app to improve health care in the United States gulf coast, advocated for farmworkers’ rights in New York, and hosted discussions with some of the world’s leading human rights defenders.

(Former BFS parent) Karen Robinson has over 30 years of experience in human rights education, community and youth development, and community organizing.  Karen started her career in the field of community engagement and youth development at American University where she helped start what was then the Center for Volunteerism and Community Service. While at American University, Robinson initiated service-learning programs, linking classroom learning with direct service projects throughout Washington, D.C.  She then moved to Amnesty International, USA where she served as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Deputy Director and Director of the Human Rights Education program. In that capacity, Robinson served six years as the Chair of the International Human Rights Education Coordinating Committee for Amnesty International globally.

As the first Director of Human Rights Education at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, she led the creation of the first Speak Truth To Power Human Rights Education packet, which has been distributed to thousands of schools in the U.S. and internationally. She also has conducted numerous training and professional development sessions at educational conferences, within school districts and at educational meetings around the world.

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