No one is born being a citizen. You have to be taught what it means. Sonia Sotomayor
Do you want to know who you are?
Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

Thomas Jefferson

2019 UN Civil Society Conference

Over 5000 adults and youth from 136 countries met in Salt Lake City from August 26-28, 2019 to address issues and develop action targets related to Sustainable Development Goal #11: Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities and Communities, with particular emphasis on how climate change is already and will increasingly impact all communities.

Citizenship Workshops in the Republic of Georgia

In this young democracy, there is heightened awareness of the need to teach youth the skills they will need to be empowered, informed citizens. Teachers and students participated in a week of workshops in Tbilisi, Georgia that combined the study of key human rights documents and Sustainable Development Goals, with pedagogical strategies (for teachers) and practical exercises, including modeling informed action plans around the theme: understanding and protecting the rights of people living with disabilities.

Empowering Youth Voices on Substance Abuse

Over 100 area high school students studies human rights documents and then, in consultation with local experts, formed fact-based opinions about addictive substances and addiction in our community. They developed outreach projects and presented these at an invited briefing at the United Nations, which was attended by over 200 UN policy and global health experts.

Teaching About Refugees in a Global Context

Organized by the Cornell International Studies Summer Institute, this two-day workshop held at Syracuse University provided 30 New York teachers with information and resources about disruptions and challenges faced by refugees, both globally and in Central NY. Participants were provided models for developing informed action projects, then provided individual guidance to help them design programs applicable to their classrooms and communities.

Empowering Youth Voices on Climate Change

Students from Trumansburg High School focused on Sustainable Development Goal #12: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, researching local and global aspects in consultation with Cornell students (seated) and other experts, and presented their project proposals at the annual Student Leadership Conference held at the United Nations in February.