GRANTEES: CHRIS BUCKLEY & JAKE SKRZYPIEC
Connecticut Council for Youth Advocacy and Action, CONNECTICUT
The Connecticut Council for Youth Advocacy and Action is a collaborative student organization working to bring young people from across the state together with the end goal of increasing their engagement and activism within the state. The support from the Flower Fund will provide the resource necessary to send our student representatives to the National Council for Social Studies, where they will be able to engage with other members of the Human Rights Educational community. By making this experience possible, the Flower Fund will help to establish a strong foundation of human rights with our students, which they will be able to share with their peers.
GRANTEE: PETER RAKITA
Physicians for Human Rights Chapter at Georgetown University School of Medicine, WASHINGTON, DC
Our mission at Physicians for Human Rights at Georgetown University School of Medicine is to advocate for survivors of human rights abuses and combat systemic injustices. Support from the Flowers Fund will allow us to hold two trainings in the upcoming year with the overall goal of educating clinicians and medical students from the DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia area to conduct crucial medical and psychological evaluations that will be included in an asylum seeker’s case for asylum. In addition, this funding will allow our organization to put on advocacy and educational events throughout the academic year focusing on ongoing human rights issues.
GRANTEE: JOHN TERRY
Wayne Township Public Schools, NEW JERSEY
Members of the HRE USA New Jersey state working group have collaborated to put together a series of online videos in which they showcase model lesson plans they wrote and piloted, and which are published in HRE USA’s Curriculum Integration Guide. The educators – John Terry (Wayne Hills HS in Wayne, NJ), Semira Markos (Hunterdon Central HS in Flemington, NJ), Malcolm Coates (Ridge HS in Basking Ridge, NJ), Jamie Warner (Orange Avenue School in Cranford, NJ), and Sharon Sweeney (Hunterdon Central HS in Flemington, NJ) – have created videos explaining human rights, HRE, and how the UDHR informs their teaching of social studies in a variety of ways. Lesson plans include ideas for project-based learning, reflections on historical memory, and a case study approach to the post-Apartheid constitution of South Africa. These videos are currently being featured at the New Jersey Council for Social Studies (NJCSS) Virtual Conference, which is running asynchronously this year and whose videos are available for teachers to access and earn professional development credit.