Our ultimate goal is to help create a world where the language of human rights is the norm and where all young people identify as human rights defenders. To do this, you can join us in three different ways:

We provide workshops and resources so you can learn more about human rights.

We share opportunities and support youth who take action to promote, protect, and defend human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Do you engage in actions and behavior that upholds all students human rights and dignity?

Join host Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and president of RFK Human Rights, as we bring together established and rising human rights defenders for an inspiring conversation about activism.

Engage students by putting them in direct conversation with human rights defenders from around the globe during our virtual speaker series events. Our film series allows students the opportunity to view human rights themed films and participate in panel discussions with the directors and members of the cast. Preparatory lesson plans and community action ideas are available for film and speaker series events.

By researching, writing, and performing human rights defender monologues, students at the Piney Woods school did more than simply tell a powerful story — they sought to honor the defenders through the stories and use them to inspire others. The result was a moving performance featuring monologues interspersed with singing by the school’s Cotton Blossom Singers and dancing, all showcasing the school’s diverse student body.

According to a recent poll, 50% of students say they are not engaged in what they are learning and 80% of educators are worried about students’ lack of engagement. Theater work, like the recent theater workshop in Sonora, Mexico, can increase student engagement and empower them to become human rights defenders.