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Spring Into Action

April 15 – April 19, 2024: It’s busy season for STFers as they spring into action! STFers at Alain Leroy Locke, Canyon, Carlsbad, Carson, Da Vinci and Palisades Charter High Schools hosted lunch walkabouts, school-wide lessons, simulations, trivia games and tent events to spread knowledge about this year’s Celebrating 75 Years of Human Rights Action Plan…

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STF Leader Spotlight: Jonmathew C.

Please meet Jonmathew C., STF leader at Animo Venice Charter High School. Continue reading to learn about Jonmathew’s goals for the chapter as they continue engaging in this year’s Action Plan…

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Justice in the Classroom

As the end of the year approaches, STFers are hosting their final on campus events for the Celebrating 75 Years of Human Rights Action Plan.

Keep an eye out for more upcoming events…

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As Earth Sizzles, Climate Ed Simmers

In 2021, the Human Rights Watch Student Task Force at Palisades Charter High School successfully urged the school’s Board of Directors to adopt their resolution to incorporate climate curriculum in all courses…

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STF Leader Spotlight: Zanea A.

Please meet Zanea A., STF leader at Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, India. After learning about STF from a friend in Los Angeles, Aga Khan Academy became the first international STF chapter, and first in India. Continue reading to see how Zanea and the Aga Khan Chapter have engaged in this year’s Action Plan from across the world…

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STF Classroom Takeovers

February 29-March 14, 2024: Taking advantage of the fact that students spend most of their time in class, STFers at Carson, Francis W. Parker and Santa Monica High Schools hosted in-class presentations, film screenings and simulations as a way to educate their campus communities about this year’s Action Plan…

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What Do Human Rights Organizations Have To Do With Climate?

A group of STF leaders met with HRW’s Richard Pearshouse, Director of Environment and Human Rights, for a special meet and greet. When answering the question, “what do human rights organizations have to do with climate?”, Richard explained there is a lot of overlap between environmental issues and human rights issues, highlighting the role young people play in combating the global climate crisis….

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STF Leader Spotlight: Varun V.

Please meet Varun V., STF leader at Carlsbad High School. Continue reading to see how Varun seized an opportunity to speak with Congressman Mike Levin and learn about the chapter’s future plans for the Human Rights on the Southern Border Action Plan…

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Engaging Our Communities

February 12-22, 2024: Kicking off the new year with a bang, STFers at Alain Leroy Locke College Preparatory Academy, Animo Venice Charter HS, Carson HS, Cypress College, Hamilton HS, and New Roads School hosted film screenings, club fairs, and table events to engage their campus communities in our Celebrating 75 Years of Human Rights Action Plan…

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Making Real World Change

February 3, 2024: “There are no walls between the things you’re personally passionate about, you’re professionally interested in and you’re academically interested in. You can use the knowledge you learn in the classroom to make real world change… That’s the cool thing about things like Student Task Force, you all are making real world change, but you’re also doing it in this academic setting… And that’s what I hope you all take away from your experience with this, is that you can make change now, today, tomorrow if you put your mind to it,” Amanda Alampi, HRW Director of Campaigns and Public Engagement, said to inspire the 67 participants at STF’s Winter Leadership Workshop….

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STF Leader Spotlight: Dani R.

Meet Dani R., STF leader at Canyon High School and one of 18 young activists participating in the youth-led Genesis B. v. Environmental Protection Agency Lawsuit, a California lawsuit accusing the EPA of failing to protect young people by allowing the release of dangerous levels of greenhouse gases…

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Save the Date: Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024 Winter Leadership Workshop

Please join us for STF’s 2024 Winter Leadership Workshop on Saturday, January 27 from 10:00-12:15pm PT.

You can attend in person at our Los Angeles office OR virtually via Zoom. In person space is limited, so please RSVP today with your preferred method of participation. Regardless of how you join, you will actively contribute to discussions and engage with other STFers at the workshop…

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STF Leaders Spotlight: Clementine C.

Please meet Clementine C., STF leader at Palisades Charter High School and the 2023 recipient of HRE USA’s Youth in Action Award…

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Sierra Canyon STF’s Schoolwide Teach-In

December 15, 2023: In collaboration with all 58 advisory classes, STFers at Sierra Canyon School round off Human Rights Day celebrations by hosting a teach-in to educate their campus community about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Audiences watched an informative video introducing them to human rights and competed in a poster making contest. Each advisory class was assigned an article of the UDHR and had to make a poster explaining the article. Most participants put in a lot of effort and made it a real competition. The winning advisories won donuts! 

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STFers Celebrate Human Rights Day

December 5 – December 13: STFers continue celebrations for Human Rights Day with another week filled with events hosted at Aga Khan Academy Hyderabad, Centennial HS, Corona Del Mar HS, Cypress Community College, Da Vinci Schools, Francis W. Parker School, Harvard Westlake School, Santa Monica HS and Van Nuys HS…

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‘Earth Needs Our Help’: California Kids Sue EPA Over Climate Pollution

December 11, 2023, NPR: Eighteen California children are suing the Environmental Protection Agency, claiming it violated their constitutional rights by failing to protect them from the effects of climate change…

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Counting Down to Human Rights Day

November 15 – December 5: Empowering their peers and implementing this year’s Action Plan, STFers from Animo Venice Charter HS, Canyon HS, Carlsbad HS, Los Osos HS, Palisades Charter HS, and Wildwood School hosted simulations, film screenings, trivia games and petition signing tables…

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STFers in Action: Declaring Our Human Rights

November 2-11, 2023: STFers at Sierra Canyon School, Taipei American School, and Wildwood School educated their campuses on creating safe pathways for migration to the U.S. and investigated their classmates’ foundational knowledge on human rights…

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STF Leader Spotlight: Wesley C.

To help STFers get to know each other, the STF Team is launching a new monthly spotlight. Please continue reading to meet Wesley C. from Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy….

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Animo Venice STFers Receive GirlsBuild $2,000 Grant

We are delighted to share that the STF leaders at Animo Venice Charter High School were one out of 60 groups across the U.S. awarded a grant from  GirlsBuild Project, which encourages students to use technology to lead a civic engagement project that impacts their community.

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