We were lucky to host April Bowman, founder of Bold Believers United, through the World Affairs Council.
Empowering people to reach their full potential is at the core of everything April does. She helps others achieve their dreams through motivational speaking and youth empowerment sessions.
Her visit to the NSHS was especially inspirational. As first or second generation college graduates from low-income families, many of us could deeply relate to April. So many of our members came away from her presentation feeling a renewed sense of purpose in life and a motivation to do some deep soul-searching to find their biggest dreams and aspirations.
April has taught us that if you believe you can do something, then you can. We can't wait to see her on television screens around the world one day, like Oprah!
Our "practice" Google Hangout with the Headmaster of School 13, Mr. Anatoliy went great! We came up with topics/issues that we want to discuss during our first official e-meeting. Both of our schools are ecstatic for this videoconference series as we can learn more about what it is like to go to school in a part of Ukraine directly affected by military conflict, and they can learn about what it is like to be a high schooler in America.
1st Official Videoconference: Thursday, September 29th, 7:30 AM @ NW225
Links to learn more about the situation in Ukraine: (just to give you a broad picture)
Brainstorm questions to ask the students!
You can ask about what a typical school day looks like for them, whether or not they feel like their rights are protected, what stereotypes they know about Americans, etc.
The Human Rights Forum 2016-2017 school year officers, Ms. Hardy, Ms. Behnisch, and alumni Ben Peillard attended the first ever Human Rights Dallas Summit, hosted by SMU's Embrey Human Rights Program, on Saturday, July 9th, 2016.
The event consisted of spoken word performances from JourneyMan Ink, words from Dr. Rick Halperin, the director of SMU's Embrey Human Rights Program, and breakout sessions with tables discussing and sharing their ideas of how to make Dallas known as a human rights city. Among all of the attendees, 54 countries and 32 languages were represented.
Human Rights Dallas is a diverse effort to make our city a safer and fairer place for all residents to call home. At its heart, Human Rights Dallas is about putting good ideas into effective action. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides an intellectual foundation for this effort. We strive to learn from and build upon the many exciting initiatives already being pursued in our neighborhoods.
Human Rights Dallas is a citywide project focused on the following four goals.
Human Rights Forum Officers, 2016-2017